Enrique Iglesias offered ‘American Idol’ judges spot (Report)

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Enrique Iglesias was offered a spot on the American Idol judges’ panel:

Sources say Latin singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias has now received a firm offer for a spot on the reality hit, which may expand to fourjudges next year despite shedding its entire previous panel.

EW.com reported last week that rapper Nicki Minaj and Aussie country artist Keith Urban were poised to join pop diva Mariah Carey on the show, and that Iglesias (or, if he passes, Adam Lambert) could fill a fourth spot. Longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson is set to move to a mentor role. Now we’re hearing Iglesias has received an offer for about $4 million per year, on par with Urban’s deal.

Reportedly, Enrique has a history of turning down reality show offers, including those from The Voice and X Factor. We’ll see if he passes or says yes.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Didn’t Enrique already turn it down? Hasn’t that been confirmed? Lord, who know, anymore? :/ *rolls eyes*

  • Axxxel

    I have a lot of respect for Enrique but I hope he will turn this offer down. Signed, a huge Adam Lambert fan :-)

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Hell, I’m not even much of a Glambert fan, but at this rate he would be a lot better than boring Enrique. I wish in Nicki’s place it was an A&R female. That would have been interesting…

  • thirdtime

    I wonder how much money Enrique was offered before on reality shows that he turned down.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Isn’t this old news or was it just a rumored offer as opposed to a “firm” one?

  • luvadamlambert

    PLEASE PASS

  • Guest

    I dont mind Enrique, but for the sake of the Lambert train…PLEASE SAY NO!!!!!

  • snow_ghost

    I thought he already turned it down because he is a “private guy.”   I don’t think he needs the money and if he doesn’t like reality shows, I don’t think one would be any more appealing to him than another.

  • mileyfan123

    I think we will hear monday

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And the circus just goes on and on and on …. lol

  • elliegrll

    No.  Someone interpreted the news about Enrique being protective of his private life as meaning that he wouldn’t take the job. Plus, those who had that interpretation just want someone else to get the spot.

  • http://twitter.com/libradoodle ? ?dee wallace

    I  really enjoy Enrique’s music and think he’s very good-looking too, but to be honest, he’s not exactly articulate and it would be a nice change to have someone who can express concise, constructive criticism to the contestants as well as providing  witty entertainment for the TV audience.  

    To me, Adam Lambert is rarity among pop singers;  he’s funny, intelligent and not afraid to “tell it like it is”, which is just what the judges’ panel needs.

  • clearone

    ….and was that interpretation very far out of the realm of possibility?  It is as possible as this new rumour being true.  All these unamed sources are getting beyond tiresome.  Spill the beans already. 

  • siennalily

    If its between Enrique and Adam I’m cautiously optimistic that Enrique will turn the offer down and Adam will be the judge. Come on and just give it to the guy who really wants the job! We don’t need any half hearted judges on the panel.

  • http://twitter.com/libradoodle ? ?dee wallace

    I  really enjoy Enrique’s music and think he’s very good-looking too, but to be honest, he’s not exactly articulate and it would be a nice change to have someone who can express concise, constructive criticism to the contestants as well as providing  witty entertainment for the TV audience.

     To me, Adam Lambert is rarity among pop singers;  he’s funny, intelligent and not afraid to “tell it like it is”, which is just what the judges’ panel needs.Flag

  • elliegrll

    That interpretation was jumping to conclusions.  How does being a judge on the show infringe on Enrique’s privacy?  Being a professional singer has more of a chance of impacting his private life than the show would.  

    This article is funny, since they are acting like this is new news.  It’s something that could have been released a month ago, when Enrique’s name first surfaced.  But at this late date it’s just confirming what we already know.  At this point, negotiations with Enrique and everybody else would be further along than this article indicates.

  • cwm

    Just say no, Enrique. Just say no.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I think Enrique was offered the spot a while ago but turned it down.  He’s expressed ZERO interest in the gig.

  • elliegrll

    Neither had Keith Urban, until today, and the same goes for Nicki Minaj.  

    Jumping to my own conclusion, Enrique’s name wouldn’t keep popping up in every single publication, if he’d said no weeks ago.

  • Kitwana

    Never ceases to amaze me how poorly entertainment stories are written and edited. It’s not clear whether EW is reporting that the latest news is that Adam will get the job if Enrique turns it down or if EW is simply reporting that it earlier reported that Adam will get the job if Enrique turns it down. If the latter, the story is still wrong because what EW actually reported last week is that Adam is still in the mix and has an outside chance. http://www.mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-announcements-are-coming-plus-adam-lambert-still-in-the-mix.htm
    I think it is very sad how Idol and the media are playing with the emotions of Adam’s fans for hits and buzz. I am really concerned that some Adam fans will not be able to survive the disappointment if he does not get the job.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    No. Someone interpreted the news about Enrique being protective of his private life as meaning that he wouldn’t take the job. Plus, those who had that interpretation just want someone else to get the spot.

    It wasn’t an interpretation from fans of another artist. It was what the article said. Now, the article could have made the whole thing up, but it’s not the fans of others that are reporting the information about Enrique.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I think the difference being, there’s been tons of stories of Keith and Nicki being in actual negotiations for weeks now.  This Enrique story is just a rumored offer.  Which was reported last week in the New York Post which stated he turned it down.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Yes, that is correct. The article from the NY Post stated:

    “Idol” producers had hoped to get Enrique Iglesias, but, “He’s a private guy and doesn’t want to expose his life to the show,” our source said.

  • Valarie

    Hmmm….Idol offered a job to a guy who already has a rep for turning them all down. Oh and Adam Lambert is the backup, just in case the guy who always turns these offers down, should shockingly turn this one down too. Why the games, Idol?

  • koshka

    “I think it is very sad how Idol and the media are playing with the emotions of Adam’s fans for hits and buzz. I am really concerned that some Adam fans will not be able to survive the disappointment if he does not get the job.”

    LOL please! Fan posts that I read are pretty realistic about his chances. I don’t think anyone will be doing any cliff diving.  ;) 

    Media and producers do what they do.. sadly this is what their job entails. Its all part of the game. As an AI fan, I would like to take a pitch for and join the villagers at Nigel’s door step. :)

  • elliegrll

    This is the quote in question:

    “Idol” producers had hoped to get Enrique Iglesias, but, “He’s a private guy and doesn’t want to expose his life to the show,” our source said

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/nicki_in_cola_clash_1CUYPyRmpIqzMx6Vr5h7qM#ixzz25jxgxZsq 

    I don’t interpret this as meaning that Enrique turned the job down. At the most maybe this “source” was basing on Enrique turning down other opportunities and using his private life as a reason.

    The same article rehashes the whole issue about Nicki Minaj’s Pepsi deal being a problem, but we know that that was taken care of a few weeks ago. The Post’s article came out on August 31st, so any credible sources should have known that Nicki’s Pepsi deal wasn’t going to be a problem.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Does it sound like he accepted it?  Or is even considering it?  Sounds like past tense to me.

  • koshka

    So one unnamed source is more credible than another? Its all rumor until we get something more IMO.

  • yksask

     Where did you read Adam was the back up??

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I agree.  This article is about as credible as all the other articles.  It’s still all unconfirmed rumors.

    ETA: And how do we know Nicki’s Pepsi issues have been fixed? Just this week there have been reports that nothing has been signed and they’re still ironing out issues.

  • snow_ghost

    Yes, if we are parsing the headline (LOL) offered to me seems past tense. 

    To offer, offering, offered.  

    Now that doesn’t mean he didn’t take it.  haha.  But to me, I am interpreting it that there was some sort of resolution.   If the article said they were in negotiations, that would be different.

    Either way, I suspect we will find out next week.   All of the conventions are over, Labor Day is over, so the AI judging panel can have its own news cycle. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GJ7GOGSVLTJY6SJDVVZYAEUL4Y Jean White

    Oh, please, please, please take this offer, Enrique. Please say yes.  PLEEEEEEEZE!

  • elliegrll

    ETA: And how do we know Nicki’s Pepsi issues have been fixed? Just this week there have been reports that nothing has been signed and they’re still ironing out issues.

    We know that that issue has been addressed because it was reported in Ad Age, which is a lot more credible than Pages Six.  And for good measure, AdAge included direct quotes from someone at Pepsi.  

    Given that the New York Post piece appears on the gossip page, I’d say that it’s credibility is a lot more questionable than the other sources that have reported on the story, with the possible exception of TMZ.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Isn’t the New York Post owned by Ruport Murdoch who also owns Fox?  I’d say it’s all PR synergy just like TMZ is.

  • Jazz_11

     I am really concerned that some Adam fans will not be able to survive the disappointment if he does not get the job

    Don’t worry. For most of Adam fans this is just another gig, it’s not life or death .. LOL. We have a lot to look forward to. He will be at the Fashion Police next week. With new single is announced, I think he will do the talk shows tour this time. Ellen already twitted about Trespassing the new single.. so we can expect him there. Then concert in Dallas, then Melbourne, then Pretty Little Liar.. and so on.. and so on..

  • koshka

    “Given that the New York Post piece appears on the gossip page, I’d say that it’s credibility is a lot more questionable than the other sources that have reported on the story, with the possible exception of TMZ.”

    But how many original sources do we really have? I’ve lost track. All these “journalists” just cut and paste each other’s work.

  • Valarie

    In the story MJ quoted?
    Adam’s was the first name that was dropped after JLo and Tyler were cut loose. My theory? The fourth chair was created for Adam, but they apparently think dropping Enrique’s name will throw off all of those other Idols who are stuck paying 19 for management.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Let us not forget they also offered Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Pink deals too.  They all turned it down.  Offers are not the same as negotiations.

  • sagi

    edit: DON’T bait

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Z2BKP4PV3JBML6NEZJYUOZTCM gian

    When it comes to Adam EW spins everything in a negative light. This is the only publication that mentions Adam as a last resort or low budget option.
    Any anonymous source can float Enrique’s name out there. I doubt this rumour about Enrique is true and he has said he wasn’t interested. Idol is milking the judges till the last drop. Idol doesn’t leak all the right names early because that would undercut their official announcement and it would be an anticlimactic in the media. Yet the current articles try to make it seem like it’s still all up in the air, down to the wire, for drama’s sake. Publications copy and paste the first source creating the illusion that there is a lot of interest out there. Does anyone really believe Nicki cancelled or rescheduled her tour if there was a chance she wasn’t signed already. Who would do that without a signed contract. I don’t think Enrique was ever in the mix and I will LMAO if Adam gets announced as judge. Of course EW will spin it like it was a last desperate option because no one else wanted it.

  • Valarie

    Nvm

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Your interpretation can be different from others. The issue wasn’t about the credibility of the NY Post article. The issue was the insinuation that fans that preferred other possible judges were making rumors up and they weren’t. They are simply going on rumors that have been reported by various media sources. All we know at this point for sure is that Mariah has accepted the job. Other than that, posters are quoting a bunch of rumors, but that doesn’t mean they are making things up out of thin air to further their cause.

  • SullyD

    Oh please, no. Have Idol learned NOTHING from the Jlo and Steven experience? They want an “all celebrity panel”? Ok, but at least choose someone who can be articulated.

  • yksask

     I am sorry but not understanding your reply at all.

  • everything

    They do not need 3 judges on the panel to represent the Pop genre.  Overkill.  That’s also a genre that Idols seem to have the most difficult time in.  Enrique Iglesias will bring in new viewers.  Latin music has always been a very successful genre.  If not him, the 4th spot should be a record producer type.

  • Larc

    I am really concerned that some Adam fans will not be able to survive the disappointment if he does not get the job.

    Any disappointment of Adam’s fans would be very minor compared to the extreme uproar among his anti-fans if he does get it.  I’m really doubting he will be one of the 4, but stocking up on popcorn just in case.  ;)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Z2BKP4PV3JBML6NEZJYUOZTCM gian

    Adam’s was the first name that was dropped after JLo and Tyler were cut
    loose. My theory? The fourth chair was created for Adam, but they
    apparently think dropping Enrique’s name will throw off all of those
    other Idols who are stuck paying 19 for management. 

    Yep and if he becomes a judge and that’s if because other than Mariah no one is officially announced my theory is that he was the 1st judge signed way back in July between the 14th and 24th. My bet is he would be the official Idol mouthpiece to replace Randy and help promote the show in the media rounds. He knows the show and all the players in front and behind the scenes.We will see how it all plays out in the next week or two.

  • kaliny

    IDK unfortunately I think I’m at the point that I don’t care anymore.  Yeah I’ve heard of everyone on the panel and own some songs by Nicki but for some reason this panel isn’t interesting me the way it probably should.  Also I think all the rumors of possible judges may have backfired for me. If the possibility of judges I would care about (Diddy, Kanye, Katy, Pink, and Miley) hadn’t been brought up, I probably would have been somewhat excited by Nicki being hired.  Instead, I’m kind of like eh whatever I really wish they got Diddy. 

  • supersonic

    That interpretation was jumping to conclusions.  How does being a judge
    on the show infringe on Enrique’s privacy?  Being a professional singer
    has more of a chance of impacting his private life than the show would.  

    That’s what I want to know.  These claims of him turning it down because he likes to keep his personal life private.  How does being a judge on Idol infringe on his privacy?

    For most of Adam fans this is just another gig, it’s not life or death
    .. LOL. We have a lot to look forward to. He will be at the Fashion
    Police next week.

    Fashion Police?  With Joan Rivers and those three other worthless idiots that sit on there with her?

  • kaliny

    Also I’ve kind of soured on having only celebrity judges.  For the voice it works b/c the show seems to be centered around the judges but for AI where the main appeal is the contestants, if the judges aren’t being critical or distract from the contestants instead of help to enhance them it doesn’t work.  IMO this happened w/ Ellen, Steven, JLO.  The awful judging panels since season 9, along w/ reusing the same songs and themes constantly, and having only white male boy next door winners have really hurt the show IMO.  I’d really like to see what idol is doing to fix those problems instead of just announcing more celebrities esp. b/c idrc about any of them.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Idol has NEVER mentioned Adam or any of the candidates for judge by name or even by insinuation. Everything is coming through the rumour mill. It would be totally incorrect to assume that Idol is playing with anyone’s emotions.

    I am a huge Adam fan and I think he would make a great judge but, looking at the facts, it’s very hard to conclude much more than what he told us himself: he was “still under consideration” two weeks ago. Whether he is any more is anyone’s guess.

    All of this is guessing and, whatever we say isn’t going to change the outcome.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    You forgot Queenbert. It’s gonna happen!!! 

  • Oksana4626

    Fashion Police is quite popular show from what I know.  And it wouldn’t be the first show having worthless idiots.

  • fantoo1

    I hope Enrique gets the spot, just because I don’t want Randy or Adam on the 4th spot, LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/frazzledsoul K

    If Adam was really the first one signed, then that’s proof that this gig is nothing more than TPTB being in the tank for him.

    A failed, publicity-hungry alumni is not the best person to speak for Idol. Adam doesn’t have the experience or the qualifications to claim that responsibility. At least not any more than the many other failed, publicity-hungry alumni who haven’t accomplished any more than he has.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think Mariah represents both Pop and Hip Hop.  Keith, is country (and maybe a little pop).  If not Enrique or Adam – then who?

  • kaliny

    I’m thinking Enrique will sign b/c otherwise why would negotiations have gotten to this point or this be leaked if he wasn’t interested?  With that being said, I also wouldn’t be shocked if he turns it down.  For him $3-4 million isn’t a lot and he reminds me of Eminem in that he purposely stays out of the spotlight except during active promotion of his music and tours.  As a judge you open yourself up to new types of criticism and scrutiny of your personality.  Look at some of the comments and criticism that Cristina, Kara, Steven, and JLo in particular get. Lastly how many articles that cover these shows talk about why so and so sucked as a judge after each show? 

  • kaliny

    I know, I’m disappointed about Katy and Pink.  Katy was my favorite guest judge.  She was really critical and her “this is not a Lifetime movie” comment to Kara is probably my favorite quote ever from a judge on one of these shows.

  • kaliny

    seriously!  This is all reminding me of the “meet the new boss, same as the old boss” song.

  • Kirsten

    I thought he already turned it down because he is a “private guy.”

    And Nick Cannon said that his wife is not a fan of judging people and that being on one of these shows would be a step down for her. She reportedly turned down attempts from Cowell to get her on X-Factor. Yet, here she is judging American Idol.

    Maybe Idol makes offers people cannot refuse. Maybe it has more cache than we think. Maybe he really wants to hang with Mariah, Nikki and Keith. Maybe he likes the thought of earning $4M while he’s in town making an album anyway. Maybe he is a secret fan of the show.

    It sounds like they are getting closer to signing him. Sure, why not? I mostly ignore the judges and frequently call them idiots. If he has few fans here, all the better. I will be relieved that my motives won’t be questioned when I mock his statements. I’m here for the contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     “I’m thinking Enrique will sign b/c otherwise why would negotiations have
    gotten to this point or this be leaked if he wasn’t interested?”

    Same reasons Kanye, Diddy, Alanis Morissette, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus and Pharrel were “leaked”.  PR buzz.

  • kaliny

    He may bring in new viewers he may not.  JLo is Latina and the ratings dropped a lot this year.  New viewers aren’t going to keep watching if the show isn’t entertaining.  I tuned back in during season 10 to see Steven and stopped watching again when I realized his only contribution was going to be saying everything was beautiful LOL.  I was excited to try X Factor b/c of Britney and watched preview clips today and now I’ll just say I’m not feeling the same way although Demi seems awesome and quick on her feet plus I like Simon, haven’t heard LA speak yet so we’ll see.

  • Eileen99

    Make the announcements already, lol.  Let’s get on with it.

    A panel of Mariah, Nicki, Keith & Enrique works for me. None of them seem to have the type of fanbase that is going to swarm all over anyone who doesn’t like something one of them says or is wearing, lolz. Thank gawd for that.

    I would have liked an A&R or producer type on the panel, but as long as they keep Jimmy making his 20/20 hindsight comments, I’m good.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    “None of them seem to have the type of fanbase that is going to swarm all over anyone who doesn’t like something one of them says or is wearing, lolz. Thank gawd for that.”

     You haven’t met Nicki Minaj’s, “Barbz”, have you?  They will cut a bitch if you even LOOK at her wrong, much less say shiz about her.  Hell NICKI will cut you herself before any of the Barbz can get to you.  LOL!

  • ThisIsVoodoo

    I can’t see Enrique going back into the spotlight with Anna for this little money..

  • teri63

    Yeah, I don’t believe ANY of anything we’ve read thus far.  If Idol wants to spring a surprise, there’s no way in hell they’d be “leaking” info. to anyone.  They’re just trying to entrance the press and build hype in their efforts to make people give two hoots when the show finally airs.  And you can’t tell me that the judges haven’t already known their positions for a month or more.  These are professionals Idol is targeting; If their schedules were so empty, Idol wouldn’t have wanted them in the first place, lol (busy, “desirable” professionals such as what Idol would want to attract viewers would have contracts signed literally months in advance)!  Whoever they wanted they signed a long time ago and have just been slinging names round in the meantime to generate interest in their show, in my opinion.  

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     “And Nick Cannon said that his wife is not a fan of judging people and
    that being on one of these shows would be a step down for her. She
    reportedly turned down attempts from Cowell to get her on X-Factor. Yet,
    here she is judging American Idol.”

    I don’t recall Nick saying any of that.  I just remember him quoting some ridiculously high number to get her ($40 million??).  And Cowell couldn’t get her because she just had her babies.  Bad timing.

  • elliegrll

    I can’t see Enrique going back into the spotlight with Anna for this little money..

    Enrique is already in the spotlight.  He just released a new song on August 25, and he just came off a successful tour with Jennifer Lopez.  The new song is a good indication that he’s gearing up to release a new album.  Considering that his last announced album was shelved, when the debut single didn’t do well, what better way to promote a new one than becoming a judge on American Idol.

  • Eileen99

    There have been plenty of Nicki detractors here whenever there is discussion about her being a judge. I know about her fanbase but the point I was making is that I haven’t seen any around here swarming all over people who even hint at not liking her.  I really am not interested in reading pages of comments at MJ’s from fans of judges causing a trainwreck, lol.  There are enough fans of the actual contestants to cover that.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    If she gets the gig, don’t be surprised if they start showing up.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy
     Kirsten: “And Nick Cannon said that his wife is not a fan of judging people and that being on one of these shows would be a step down for her. She 
    reportedly turned down attempts from Cowell to get her on X-Factor. Yet,
    here she is judging American Idol.”

    No Thanks: I don’t recall Nick saying any of that.  

    It was a widely quoted remark that Cannon made during his radio show. I’ll give AOL Music Blog as the link for the quote, but it’s in the exact same words all over:

    “Like Nicole Scherzinger, my wife is not a fan of judging people. Nicole actually did say that she is used to performing, and the judging thing is not really natural for her,” he explained. Nick continued, reminding us that his wife is one of the biggest recording superstar ever, “I really think that a lot of entertainers feel that way and I think these shows are really good shows, but when you get someone of status, or just big-time, career-wise, to do these shows, I personally think it’s a step down.”

    Anyway, I’d like the potential Carey-Minaj-Urban-Iglesias panel, with Pharrell as my other chair #4 choice (want a producer!). But waving bye-bye to Randy Jackson is probably a tad higher on my wish list than any specific name for this putative chair #4.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    OK, well that was Nick talking, not Mariah.  Nick clearly doesn’t call the shots in her career.

  • sagi

    Who knows but if Enrique was not interested at first, but he is tight with JLo, she could have persuaded him to consider it, citing all the career benefits that she benefited from. I hope he turns it down, or that it is a rumor, because selfishly I am hoping they choose Adam. But I will be alright if they don’t. ;)

  • supersonic

    Fashion Police is quite popular show from what I know.  And it wouldn’t be the first show having worthless idiots.

    I was simply asking if he was going to be on Fashion Police with Joan Rivers and those three worthless idiots (known as Guiliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and…that dude) that sit on the panel with her.  Nothing about the show being popular or whatever.  It was a simple question.  So, apparently, the answer is yes? He will be on the show?

  • ThisIsVoodoo

    I’m not talking the musical spotlight, I’m talking celebrity and his personal life. He hates red carpets, his relationship with Anna was rocky at best for years when they were younger. He likes being in Miami to record.  He’s been very successful at keeping a low profile while touring. I can’t see him giving up that privacy for $4 million dollars.  He’s got no issues with radio play now. IDK if I were Enrique, I’d ask for more. 

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Please just announce the other 2 or 3 judges.  So sick of these games!

  • supersonic

    There have been plenty of Nicki detractors here whenever there is
    discussion about her being a judge. I know about her fanbase but the
    point I was making is that I haven’t seen any around here swarming all
    over people who even hint at not liking her.  I really am not interested
    in reading pages of comments at MJ’s from fans of judges causing a
    trainwreck, lol.  There are enough fans of the actual contestants to
    cover that.

    If she gets the job, be prepared to see her fans pop up on all of the websites like this.  Imagine if Adam gets the job.  And with his fans?  Can’t wait to see those fanbases warring with each other.

  • mjsbigblog

    If she gets the job, be prepared to see her fans pop up on all of the websites like this.  Imagine if Adam gets the job.  And with his fans?  Can’t wait to see those fanbases warring with each other.

    Don’t hold your breath waiting. 

    I’m not going to let butthurt fans of ANY of the judges ruin the Idol threads. The conversation WILL stay focused on the contestants, or HELLO BAN HAMMER.

  • elliegrll

    I’m not talking the musical spotlight, I’m talking celebrity and his personal life. He hates red carpets, his relationship with Anna was rocky at best for years when they were younger. He likes being in Miami to record.  He’s been very successful at keeping a low profile while touring. I can’t see him giving up that privacy for $4 million dollars.  He’s got no issues with radio play now. IDK if I were Enrique, I’d ask for more.

    I think that you are making the argument about why he would take the job.  Enrique’s song was sent to pop radio, and it features a young singer that RCA is pushing very hard, but who has struggled to find an audience.  If Enrique wants this song to do better than his last one did, and release an album, he’s going to need to be in the public eye more to promote it.  As you said, he doesn’t want to do red carpets or play the celebrity game, so why not do something that’s more tangible, and doesn’t require him to do those things?

    Enrique wouldn’t be the focus of the panel, and he doesn’t have to deal with the paps, but he would still get the benefits that come from being on television every week.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Does Enrique interview much?  Because Idol will require red carpets, interviews, paps, etc…

  • elliegrll

    AI pretty much only has two or three red carpets a year, the finale and when they announce the top 13.  

    As far as interviews go, I don’t recall a lot of interviews with the judges,  aside from when they are announced.  With a panel of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, I doubt that Enrique would be the one that most reporters would want to talk to.  But, even if he has to do an interview every now and then, it will be a good way for him to get promotion for his album.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Enrique’s new song is not struggling in any way. Finally Found You premiered just two weeks ago and it only took a little over a week for it to jump into the Top 40. It is currently at #32 with a bullet of 788.

    FFY’s official add day is next Tuesday, but it received 43 adds this week, which made it the most added song this week for Pop. Enrique does not need Idol to promote his new single or his new album.  

  • Aveaveave

    Exactly my same thoughts. This is all Idol drama and Enrique was never in the mix but just being thrown out there. That 4th judge has been decided long before and to show it as a last desperate option is but a spin.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Enrique Iglesias has interviews all over Youtube, though obviously they’re not all from this album cycle, and some are in Spanish. But he hardly comes across as a shy bunny with no chat skills — at least not on this 2010 George Lopez Tonight appearance where he talks about nude waterskiing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgn1hxqJ5j4

  • abbysee

    Say no please!

  • mileyfan123

    I don’t have a preference between Adam and Enrique as judges, but I do like that Adam has that past idol connection, so I guess I give the edge to him.

  • kaliny

    Wow, I didn’t know that about his album.  Yikes, I wish I hadn’t read that b/c it’s made me even more cynical about this show and panel.  I can’t believe I’m saying this but at this point I think I would rather see Randy come back in place of any of the new hires.  Even with all his faults as a judge, I do think Randy cares about the show and the contestants. The revamped judging panel could work and bring in higher ratings but the more I’m hearing the more I think there’s a possibility the show could lose it’s heart and focus in the chase for ratings and it could backfire and turn off even more people.

  • Axxxel

    Remember the first major dissapointment of Adam Lambert fans ? yes, when he did not win American Idol Season 8. I guess if the fans can survive that dissapointment, they can survive anything… As an Adam Lambert fan it has been fun to speculate about Adam being an Idol judge..

    but if he is turned down… I just take a cup of coffee and rewatch the youtube video’s of Adam performing with Queen in London in July 2012 or Adam performing on a town square in Melbourne not long ago…

    And am looking forward to his performance on the Halloween special of the TV series Pretty little liars…

  • zaclona77

    Could anybody please explain to me in plain, simple terms, why in the world would Enrique Inglesias at this point of his career turn down 4 million USD for the weekly exposure to at least 20 million of people who most probably are not his fans (yet)?

    Especially since Minaj and Urban seem to have said yes and there is nothing that could convince me that these two need the money and the exposure more than Inglesias. So WHY would he turn this down?… makes ZERO sense.

  • cooks

    I doubt seriously that TPTB are in the tank for Adam. He might not have the album sales, but he does have the revenue from concerts, merchandise and  two up coming tv appearances. He is still making money.

    Twenty years in the industry, being referred to as a master class vocalist and having been in the same shoes as the contestants gives him the qualifications to be a judge. There are artists out there with mega record sales and can’t sing worth a crap! Does that mean they are qualified to judge someones vocals? I don’t think so.

  • Mateja Praznik

     The pay is good and exposure too. But it is a time consuming job. The auditions, Hollywood, Vegas and then several months of live shows. During the live shows, the judges have to be in LA at least two days a week.

  • Karen C

    Could anybody please explain to me in plain, simple terms, why in the world would Enrique Inglesias at this point of his career turn down 4 million USD for the weekly exposure to at least 20 million of people who most probably are not his fans (yet)?

    Simplest reason for anyone to not want to be a judge on Idol would be if they just don’t want to do it.   There’s a time commitment involved, plus not everyone is cut out to judge and critique others, even some of the  recent judges had issues with this. 

    While there is some effect on exposure for appearing on Idol,  it really shouldn’t be that much about the judges. They only really perform once a year on the show.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    IF Enrique were offered Idol and turned it down (and I’m not saying I believe that’s what happened), I don’t think it’s such a stretch to believe that the privacy issue alluded to in the NY Post article could be a reason.  Enrique has achieved a very, very nice level of success while largely avoiding becoming tabloid fodder.  Going on Idol would raise his media profile considerably, and with that raised profile will come increased scrutiny.  If he doesn’t need the money (which I assume he doesn’t – wanting it and needing it are two different things) and signs are positive for his new era, he may well decide the $4 million and the potential benefits of the exposure to the AI audience aren’t worth the potential disruption to the balancing act between his personal and professional lives that he has managed to achieve. 

    I am just looking forward to this situation being resolved, one way or the other.  As an Adam fan, this whole thing has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, and I’m more than ready for it to end.

  • springboard2

    I also think that some people may not be at ease with the difference between what the public is  led to believe, that the judges have some real input, and the reality that TPTB pulls all the strings, and the judges are mere puppets.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Biggest mystery to me in all of this is why Keith Urban gets less than Enrique. Go figure.

  • ThisIsVoodoo

    So the report this morning is 10 million for Enrique? Now that sounds more like it for him.

  • ThisIsVoodoo

    IMO Keith will be the better judge, but Enrique is the bigger name, hence the salary. 4 million was way too low for him.  

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Thanks for the Enrique interview – the ones I have watched recently have not shown him as outgoing as he was here. He generally comes across as reserved.

    Re: J-Lo’s appeal to Latino audiences, Idol’s overall ratings may have gone down but I’m sure they get their ratings info by market and they can tell by area code where the votes are coming from. Perhaps J-Lo did give Idol a solid increase in the Latino markets.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    $10 million!!!?? That suggests that he turned it down and they had to up-the-ante big time to get him because time is running out. They gave him an offer he can’t refuse. WOW! Their judging budget  will come in at $35 million without the 4th judge.

  • Mateja Praznik

    http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/%E2%80%98american-idol%E2%80%99-judging-panel-takes-shape/

    Mariah 15-17 million
    Nicki & Enrique 10-12 million
    Keith 3-5 million
    Ryan 15 million

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Where is the $10 million figure coming from?  I can’t find it.

  • ThisIsVoodoo

    If the $4 million was true, it always seemed low to me. 10 sounds about right. 

  • Kirsten

     

    WOW! Their judging budget  will come in at $35 million without the 4th judge.

    And yet, they are still economizing. They famously paid Cowell himself $45M to judge Season of 9 of Idol. And he phoned it in.

  • koshka

    $4M Hmmmm perhaps low compared to JLo, Enrique’s co-headliner. 

    IMO he isn’t worth 10M. I hate country music, but thats where they should have put their money.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I’d say it’s a matter of the Idol PR department playing games to keep the fans on their toes. And they are doing an excellent job of just that.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Well Simon def phoned it in but their ratings were higher then. Compared to last year, they are way over budget.

  • brightones

    Keith Urban is huge in country music and also cross-over.  He’s much more valuable as a judge than Enrique.

  • jpfan2

    If they’re not naming the judges yet to drum up publicity, I think it’s an error.
    It’s not like when Simon left and people were wondering what an Idol without him would look like. Now with 4 judges, The Voice, XF and Idol are morphing into the same show. ;0

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    He has a very yummy younger brother Julio Jr. who was on a country reality singing show and won.  Cute as could be, funny, and soooooooo sexy and personality out the wazoo.  He sang a love song to an audience of girls that went nuts and won,  That song was about as country as the Star Spangled Banner lol but John Rich saw dollar signs when the girls went nuts.  He didn’t take off in country and don’t know how he is doing otherwise.  Im not really familiar with Enrique except for the name.

  • Kirsten

     

    Well Simon def phoned it in but their ratings were higher then. Compared to last year, they are way over budget.

    Simon wasn’t the only judge getting paid that year. Ellen was making $5-8M (she really earned  her pay cheque…NOT). Kara got $1M (for driving away viewers) and Randy got paid whatever he gets paid.

    So, let’s call it $10M or $55M in total. Ratings didn’t drop 37%

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    I’m not comparing to Season 9. Comparing to last year. Idol has put a lot on the table this year and there’s no guarantee that the ratings are going up, given the show’s age. For me it’s more about Idol’s negotiating skills. It’s not as if this isn’t a good gig and there were some people like Diddy (and probably Kanye) who put their own names in the hat.

    Anyway, I’m not paying it so not my problem.

  • Kirsten

    I’m not comparing to Season 9. Comparing to last year.

    Yes, but I’m just saying the judging budgets have been much higher than $35M in the past.

    Last  year, they got off cheap…And ratings could go up this year.

  • elliegrll

    FFY’s official add day is next Tuesday, but it received 43 adds this week, which made it the most added song this week for Pop. Enrique does not need Idol to promote his new single or his new album.  

    He may not need it, but it doesn’t hurt, either.  Since the last album was shelved last year, and his previous song didn’t do well in terms of sales, I’m sure that his management feels that he needs to be in the public eye more.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Yes, well I have to agree. Payouts have been higher but, with the exception of Simon, Idol has always had the upper hand in negotiations with judge candidates. This year they wiped the slate clean very late in the game and underestimated the difficulty of placing four judges so quickly.  Imho, they ended up paying out more than they needed to because the schedule was so tight and the coveted people were booked (surprise! surprise!)

    These contracts are one year and Idol is back to square one negotiating next year, with these guys or new ones.

    I dislike the Voice so much that I hope it tanks in the spring but, without that, I can’t see Idol’s ratings turning around this year. The trajectory is pretty expected for a show this old. In that context, it’s unfortunate to have to pay out more for judges