Jennifer Lopez Is Also Leaving American Idol

Jennifer Lopez confirms to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS LA morning radio show that she is ALSO leaving American Idol. Steven Tyler announced his departure on Thursday.

After two years as a judge of the hit Fox television show Jennifer says, “The time has come.”

“I really have been torn,” says Jennifer, “I fell so in love with the show…I didn’t know I would be moved so emotionally…”

“I have my movies and my music…but it gets more complicated…as the kids get bigger. Something has to give,” she says, “I think, that’s where I am right now.”

“I could just keep doing Idol for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of things,” Jennifer added, “We had an amazing run.”

“No matter what you guys need over there, I’m always here.”  Jlo is NOT ruling out appearing as a mentor once in a while.

Jennifer choked up as she discussed making the difficult decision, and swears it had nothing to do with money.

Listen at RyanSeacrest.com

  • Mateja Praznik

    Well, looks like she made up her mind pretty quickly. How long before we hear about Randy?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!   Did I say yayyyyyyyyyyyyy?????????

  • Anonymous

    2 down, 1 to go.  C’mon Dawg, make us happy.

  • halo9125

    Damn I’m so happy I have goosies. 

  • dabney c

    OMG! It’s slash-and-burn over at the Idol boardroom. They’re really serious about revamping the show, eh? Let’s hope they don’t screw with their winning formula in the name of change.

  • Anonymous

    A clean sweep!  Yea!

  • Anonymous

    Good riddance, can’t say I’m sorry to see you and Steven go. I hope Randy is next, I could survive without hearing him say Dawg for the millionth time. 

  • Anonymous

    yay!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    LOL.  Halo9125 beat me to it — GOOSIES!!

  • Anonymous

    I actually would have been okay if she stayed, but man.  This is gonna be weird.  I just hope they make some magic happen with new awesome judges and don’t ruin the show.

  • OffLeash

    Good! Now I want Sting to replace Steven, and Madonna to replace JLo. :)

  • Anonymous

    Goodbye and good riddance!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Yeah! Later J.Ho! I was once somewhat of a fan.. mostly thanks to her movies that I actually find very entertaining overall (Hello, Monster-In-Law?! So underrated)

    After getting to know her a little better on Idol, I have come to realize that I can not STAND her egotistical, Diva-like attitude.  Girl, you can not sing (recent songs are all CRAP), and you can’t really dance anymore either (without a pole). SEE YA!

  • Anonymous

    And…. no one cares. That’s what happens when you try and play the press game for too long, JLo. Stephen Tyler totally stole her thunder. 

    Also, I’d be totally happy if AI was canned and all Fox’s efforts went into the X-factor tbh.

  • Anonymous

    Well, well, well. Is idol making a clean sweep of it? I like Jennifer, but not agonizing over her and Steven’s departures. Happy trails!

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous!  Cher, Cyndi Lauper – love to see either one of you in that seat.  Adam in Tyler’s seat, and why not shake things up and put Pink in Randy’s seat.  Who says we need two male judges?

    (Based on the fact this show is too dumb to ever hire Shawn, Sara, and Ben)

  • justmefornow

    Looks like in the last few years Idol has left we’ll be seeing one or two offs of aging celebrities looking for a quick career boost, then moving on.
    Others lining up better move quick, that shark’s about to get jumped.

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Celebrate good times, SHE GONE!! Hope to break out the broom, Randy Dawg!!! 

  • Anonymous

    yo dawg, this news is just beautiful. i have the goosies.

  • Anonymous

    For the new judges panel, I would love to see: Jimmy Iovine, Ben Folds, and Cher.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AP5IYKIADXUZ2JOQ2VOF76WOVE Sophia

    can’t say im happy about jlo leaving. she brought class to the table and show. will miss her but excited to see mariah, kelly & jimmy take their seats at the table. *wink*

  • OffLeash

    Also, I’d be totally happy if AI was canned and all Fox’s efforts went into the X-factor tbh.

    FOX killed their golden goose by allowing XFUS to compete with Idol. That’s talent show overload for you, and on the same network. Same with NBC and their moronic idea of airing The Voice twice a year. *eyeroll*

    FOX should’ve stuck to one show. That said, I’d appreciate XFUS much more without the cheap but probably costly Vegasy performance productions. Bleh. Didn’t like the judges last season either, but with 2 new ones, it might be more bearable. We’ll see.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Now that the judge’s panel is being revamped, let’s talk about limiting votes like other shows do. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pietro-Matos/100000170166826 Pietro Matos

    Those are awesome news, BABY !!!!

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    Bring in Mariah!!

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Idol has a golden opportunity to bring in a panel that does not necessarily have something to pimp for themselves, but once and for all make it about the contestants. Glue the new panel to the seats to alleviate the over usage of standing Os. Let’s bring in new segments to highlight the contestants rather than overpimp the panel. 

  • Anonymous

    Translation ‘I got everything I needed from Idol to revive my moribund music career and increase my profile overall, so having gotten everything I need –I’m gone.’

    JLo was a terrible judge. By turns either useless, an obvious mouthpiece for TPTB, or randomly kind of mean for no reason, and dull dull dull. She didn’t even bring the lulz. And for this she was paid tons of money AND got to use AI to flog her own music?  

    Yeah, will not miss her. Buh-bye now.

  • Anonymous

    Buh bye, not gonna miss her! 
    Aaand, Mariah as a judge just became more realistic. (not that I would want her, because NO) They wouldn’t have the room or the money for two divas at the same time. Now kick out Randy officially, and get one star (Kylie Minogue would be great, or Adam if a guy is needed), one producer and one A&R guy. 

  • OffLeash

    NO to Mariah! :D

    Sting and Madonna FTW!

  • Anonymous

    yup  — revived her career, got a ton of $$, now she’s out the door.

  • Eriko

    Bring on Seal and Keith Urban. They both judged and mentored on Voice Australia (isn´t Seal also an American?) Anyway, best judges and mentors I´ve seen on any singing competition. Seal is the most articulate and well spoken I´ve heard and Keith is such a sweet guy and surprisingly, knew every song regardless of genre that was performed. He sang along them all, weather from his team or not…even the cheesiest pop songs and he knew the words :) 

  • blackberryharvest

     

    Also, I’d be totally happy if AI was canned and all Fox’s efforts went into the X-factor tbh.

    I personally don’t get strong feelings over getting a show canceled. If I don’t like it, I just don’t watch anymore. Its not like anybody is forcing you.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Good!  lol  I don’t think that anyone cares if Randy stays or goes.  lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They will have to drag Randy kicking and screaming from his Idol judges chair. Unlike performers Steven and Jennifer, the salary for Idol is way more than he could make anywhere else.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t stand X Factor USA — way too much flash with little actual substance. And the judges were pretty much useless on that show as well — all they seemed to care about was that someone from their team won

  • Anonymous

    I see a lot of calls for Ben Folds. Is he megasuccessful? Only song I know is Brick, which I really liked.

  • blackberryharvest

     

    Looks like in the last few years Idol has left we’ll be seeing one or
    two offs of aging celebrities looking for a quick career boost, then
    moving on.

    Ever since Season 6, people have been saying “idol only has a few years left.” Still here. Season 10 at least proved that new judges can help bring life back into the show. Hopefully Season 12 will do the same. I think part of Season 11’s downfall in ratings was not changing anything. The judges were old news by then.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Seal is British, British Nigerian to be exact.

    Keith sounds awesome!

  • Anonymous

    They shoulda never got rid of Paula………that’s all I have to say about that.

  • Anonymous

    Seal is British (born in London)

  • Anonymous

    NO MORE GOOSIES!!!!!! :   )

  • Anonymous

    What did Paula do or say that was so worthy of keeping her job the last few yrs she was on the show?  Her career did not really receive any type of boost and her own dance show bombed big time.

  • merkureye

    Tyler and JLo are having their decision to leave made for them by TPTB. Steven already said he has to leave his mistress before she boils his rabbit . . .haha.   Unfortunately, AI became “Celebrity Career Rehab”.  It needs to get back to basics = finding the best undiscovered singing talent in America!

    The buzz Tyler and Lopez brought was undeniable but, they absolutely would not JUDGE.  New panelists must:

    A.  be a credible name in the industry – not necessarily a singer

    B.  not be worried about image impact of critical opinions given contestants

    C.  Not expect performance slots on the show – this takes away from the Idols

    Unless Nigel is doing some big-time politicing with the Marc Graboff (President of Core Media Group -owner of AI) he may not be far behind ST and JLo. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Changing the judges doesn’t really keep the show fresh IMO, but changing the format, introducing new concepts into the competition every season definitely will.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “(Based on the fact this show is too dumb to ever hire Shawn, Sara, and Ben)”

    Idol doesn’t want judges who critique seriously, consistently, fairly and from an informed viewpoint.  They really don’t.

  • Anonymous

    No, but why does he need to be? Far more important is that he is actually good at being a judge — he has opinions and isn’t afraid to state them. And he appears to be very well respected in the music industry.

  • OffLeash

    I wouldn’t mind Keith Urban either.

  • http://twitter.com/esqape Zach

    Listen Baby……this is excellent news!

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, it sounds to me like Fox is putting the most pressure on having this clean sweep just like they did to X-Factor when it didn’t get phenominal ratings last year. They don’t want Idol to fall in ratings anymore and they’ll hopefully do whatever possible to turn it around. I’m hoping they do something about the WGWG problem, like taking away instruments again.
     
    So I do see them hiring “big names” due to Fox’s pressures. I’m going to guess Mariah, a young singer like Miley, and then a record executive. I wonder how much money Jay Z would take to do this? ;)

  • OffLeash

    Any chance they’ll get rid of Ken Warwick too or does he come as a package forever?

  • Anonymous

    Ben Folds is a fantastic judge on The Sing-Off. He’s smart, articulate, and funny. You don’t need to be megasuccessful to be a judge, but you do need to know something about music.

  • Anonymous

    Keith Urban would be a good choice. He has experience as a judge, since he has been doing The Voice Australia (which I understand has actually turned out at least one successful winner), and we know he is a fan of Idol, since he performed on the finale with Kris back in S8 (and toured with Kris and also gave one of his songs to Scotty) and has talked about he and Nicole loved the show. He’s also a country superstar, which (A) gives you a judge who knows the country genre and (B) is a big name that might bring in new viewers (doesn’t hurt that he’s a good-looking guy…lol)

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    YEEEEES FINALLY 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I’m really relieved somewhat actually.  It always seemed so obvious that J-Lo and Steven saw AI as a vehicle for revamping their careers more than actually doing their jobs as judges.  The show is really starting with a clean slate next year at the judges table aren’t they?  With the way the ratings slid this past season, I’m not really surprised by all of these changes.

  • OffLeash

    The more I hear about The Sing-Off, the more sorry I am to have missed that show. Any link would be greatly appreciated. Thx. :)

  • Anonymous

     Hopefully they do, lol.

  • Anonymous

    girlygirltoo said: “No, but why does he need to be? Far more important is that he is actually good at being a judge — he has opinions and isn’t afraid to state them. And he appears to be very well respected in the music industry.”
    But that sounds like Adam, and people are saying he isn’t successful enough to be a judge.

  • blackberryharvest

     I never understand why Paula is so loved, but Steven/JLO were so hated. They were basically two Paulas.

  • Anonymous

    Just go to Youtube.

  • Anonymous

    Buh bye!!!!

  • DavieP

    2 down…1 togo…..GET CHER PINK LAMBERT

  • merkureye

    American Idol’s show format is fine as it is, IMO.  I do not want to see a change to the XFactor model of auditions before live audiences.  I just can’t accept that.  Audiences are for those contestants whose talent has been deemed sufficient by the producers and judges to be worthy of an audience.

    i do suggest elongating the semi=finals slightly.  Too big of a cut between 24 to 10+WC’s.  Also, we must get more of the sing-for-your-life performances.  Many of those are fantastic and we get only a few seconds on TV.  Because of airtime available, this would mean less time allocated to general auditions and wasted face time given to auditioners who don’t even get to top 40.  yay.

    These are the type of tweeks that need to be made to the production of AI.  It isn’t just the judges panel.  I’m sure Core and Fox executives are looking at everything. 

    It seems the only known constant for AI now is Ryan Seacrest. 

  • DavieP

    Imagine all female panel of madonna gaga & mariah or pink

  • DavieP

    Kelly isnt a good judge & shes proven on abc that she cant pull in ratings

  • milwlovesadam

    I’m just less concerned with the “who” of who will be the next judges, than with the “how” they do the job. It should be in their contracts that they must, for the 10-13 MILLION dollars they are paid, that they actually must judge, critique, give reviews and constructive criticism.

    1) No “dawg” “dude” comments ever.

    2) No ” I like your outfit” as the only feedback.

    3) Judges must be familiar with the music. Period. For 13 million dollars it is unacceptable and embarrassing for Idol to not be familiar with the music being performed. For that kind of salary doing a little homework should be expected.

    4) No self-promotion, no self-pimping, no judges performing.
    (( Unless the judge is Adam F. Lambert. Then I say sing baby sing!! Muwahaha! ))

  • blackberryharvest

     

    Also, I’d be totally happy if AI was canned and all Fox’s efforts went into the X-factor tbh.

    Also, its not like X Factor would be any better for FOX. At least idol has more credibility. So far, the X Factor has shown us its all about money, the judges, and the flashing lights/OTT production.

  • Anonymous

     I just like her and miss her cute zany ways…….just my personal taste.

  • OffLeash

    LOL. Yes, but Paula had that childlike innocence the other two most certainly don’t have. That said, the few times I watched XFUS, I didn’t find Paula as endearing, and I don’t want her back on Idol tbh. 

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t hate either one. Just miss my Pauler……

  • justmefornow

    “The judges were old news by then”
    That’s why I said one or two offs, the constant change probably needed to sustain interest in an aging show.

  • Anonymous

     Pretty much this.  I know some like to claim that she had a better ability to predict success and all that, but let’s face it, to Paula everyone was a star who destined for greatness.  Kinda hard not to get the successful ones right.

  • Larc

    3) Judges must be familiar with the music. Period. For 13 million
    dollars it is unacceptable and embarrassing for Idol to not be familiar
    with the music being performed. For that kind of salary doing a little
    homework should be expected.

    Amen!  Idol should make sure the judges are furnished with advance lists of the songs contestants will be singing along with info on who chose the songs.  Judges should never blame Idols for picking the wrong songs when those songs were forced on them.

  • Anonymous

    Two down, one to go.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not gonna miss Jennifer. She did seem to be getting a bit better than she was first year. But she’s very male centric, way more than Paula ever was.

  • Anonymous

    I will miss her clothes.  I loved seeing what she’d wear.  She had flashes of fair and honest crtiques.  They were elongated flashes though.  The first few shows I thought she was the shit! 

    At least she formed better sentences than Steven,  Randy, and Paula – COMBINED!

    Wouldn’t Dr Dre and Snoop Dog make a colorful pair at the judges table?  Up in Smoke!

  • Anonymous

     ooh I like the Seal idea!  I’ve never seen him judge, but I liked his music and honestly, I think the judges could use some more racial diversity than the celebs that have been suggested to be in talks by the media (I know Mariah has a mixed background, but that would still be one pale ass panel)

  • Anonymous

    But having the two shows competing is bringing both of them down. I strongly believe only one can survive successfully on the same network. And given that, I’d care a lot less about the 12 years old, bloated mess.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like in the last few years Idol has left

    It’s still the number one scripted show.

    It’s so nice of Jennifer Lopez to leave the door open to a mentoring or Performing slot.  What a sacrifice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Am I the only one who thinks the judging panel can get worse, much worse?

  • Anonymous

    I’m 2/3 there with you.  Adam, Pink, and Usher!!!!!!!!!!!   Mariah could be entertaining but for some reason I think Adam and Pink would be interesting together and Pink and Usher would bring a more current edgier dynamic to the show.

  • blackberryharvest

    And idol has ratings, history, and credibility on its side. X factor had a poorly received first season and was a bit of a mess. Might as well invest in a format that works(idol) and has history on its side. So far XFUS has yet to find a star.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195101108 Stefan Wind

    So happy to hear this. We can finally get back to watching American Idol instead of the “J-Lo variety show”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    KRISTIN CHENOWETH!

  • blackberryharvest

    But she’s very male centric, way more than Paula ever was.

    No way, you must have forgotten how Paula publicly declared an Adam/Danny showdown all the way back at top 13 week(and again a few weeks before the finale), the way she would meltdown after her favorite boy toys were eliminated(ie Constantine, Chris Daughtry, Michael Johns, Danny Gokey), and the way she favored Bo/Constantine over Carrie.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    You’e right it can.

  • blackberryharvest

     Of course-just look at the Season 9 panel.

  • Anonymous

    I would choose people who know music, but are not performers….especially singers. There should be many people in the business like that who would be credible judges, but wouldn’t take up contestants time on the stage.

    The only problem with that is they probably wouldn’t be famous enough to act as a viewer draw….which Idol desperately wants.

    I don’t think any ex-Idol would work. It’s hard to be critical of someone who is in the same position you once were. And if Adam were a judge, we’d have 200 post threads about how he changed his makeup!

  • merkureye

    I for one was tired of the “Days of Our Lives” drama that was Jennifer Lopez on AI.

    The first year was JLo and Marc Anthony and their inseparable love. 

    Then year two, Anthony was sent down the road “kicking rocks” and it was about her romance with a back-up dancer and the premier of “Dance Again” music video on family TV (AI) containing slightly raunchy orgy scene. 

    What would be next for year three – an affair with her acting coach culminating in a joint dramatic reading (raunchy as well) on the S12 Finale Show?

    Arrivederci Jenny!

  • teacup

    I don’t hate her, but she wasn’t a great judge. So… bye!

  • Guest

    Bring on Mariah!

    And next….ADAM!!!!

    then…well…im not gunna get greedy..ill be happy as long as those 2 r there.

  • koshka

    Frankly, I was so happy to see her sign on… now I am more than equally happy to see her leave. She now appeals to me far, far less than when she signed on. (not that my opinion means much in the big scheme of things)

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer may have loved the show, but she and Steven were both there to revamp their dwindling careers.  There’s nowhere they could have gone and made the big bucks that they got paid from Idol.  It was always about them, and not the contestants.  Good riddance to both of them.

  • OffLeash

    Someone said Usher? Ooooh! Yessssssss! 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Now can we please have a female judge who is a recording artist who writes many of her own songs? 

    I’d really like the female musicians on the show who write and rearrange songs to be visibly and noticeably recognized as “true artists,” same as the males. Putting somebody at the judges’ table who has lived it might nudge the show in that direction.

  • Anonymous

    We will miss Jen!

    Jennifer Lopez is classy, beautiful, down-to-earth and very intelligent.

    No one will top her. She’s the best female American Idol judge ever. Idol is a family show and Jen appealed to both young and old viewers.

    I don’t know whether I will watch Idol next season. I can’t stand Mariah Carey, I don’t care about Fergie and I really don’t want to see Miley Cyrus behind the judging table.

    I enjoyed Season 10 and 11 very much. Steven, Randy, Jennifer, Ryan, Nigel… They had a lot of respect for each other. They were like a family. Our family.

    It’s a sad day in Idol history. :(

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I see your POV, but at this point, the type of contestants who advance on the show are determined by the narrow voting/viewing demographic. I think that the only thing that could change the voting/viewing demographic is recruiting young judges who have a large CHR fanbase.

  • Anonymous

    “What did Paula do or say that was so worthy of keeping her job the last
    few yrs she was on the show?  Her career did not really receive any type
    of boost and her own dance show bombed big time.”

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Buh bye.

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    See ya. Wouldn’t wanna be ya.

  • blackberryharvest

     I would….

  • Anonymous

    Excuse me while I buy some fireworks to celebrate this awesome news.

  • Anonymous

    “What did Paula do or say that was so worthy of keeping her job the last
    few yrs she was on the show?  Her career did not really receive any type
    of boost and her own dance show bombed big time.”

    I liked her personality and how she supported the contestants.  Also, she didn’t use the show mainly as a way to boost her personal career.  She was just a judge on the show that was it. Then years later she decided to try singing again and showcased her music on the show.  Moreover, I don’t think the failure of here dancing show relates to whether she was good as a judge on Idol or not.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s a day for celebration. I don’t see too many unhappy that Steven and JLO are gone. She said she would be happy to return to pimp her work, so the chances of us getting  to see her lip sync through another performance is pretty much a sure thing.  

  • Anonymous

    Wow. I’m surprised. I guess Mariah will be the new diva in charge.  Mariah seems like a bigger dope than JLo though so I can’t really see that as an improvement.

    I sure hope they get the mix right for the judges because the potential for disaster is pretty big this season.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “We will miss Jen!

    Jennifer Lopez is classy, beautiful, down-to-earth and very intelligent.

    No one will top her. She’s the best female American Idol judge ever.
    Idol is a family show and Jen appealed to both young and old viewers.”

    Is that you, JLo?  lol

  • dabney c

    Eilonwy, that’s a good idea. For years I’ve been thinking that Jan Arden would make the perfect judge. Not sure she’s known in the U.S., though. She’s a brilliant Canadian singer-songwriter, who’s got a great personality and sharp wit but is not really “glamorous” in the Jlo/Mariah sense.

    So, I go back to Shania Twain. She’s a great balance of glamour, sweetness, and popularity, plus she’s a “real artist”. I much prefer Shania over Mariah because she comes off more down-to-earth genuine to me.

  • Anonymous

    I’m 100% sure the new panel will not include Jan Arden or Ben FoldsFive. The show is competing with big stars on XF and TV. Judges without big names will just sink the show utterly.  But I wish they’d include one show biz producer/exec because performers hate to criticize other performers. Makes for boring TV.

  • OffLeash

    Yeah, Mariah won’t be an improvement over JLo IMO. Well, like Leandro said, we thought the latest panel wasn’t great, but it could get worse…

    How about Usher and Madonna if Sting isn’t available? How about Bono? He could donate his salary to his favorite charity! ;)

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy.

  • Anonymous

    I see a lot of calls for Ben Folds. Is he megasuccessful? Only song I know is Brick, which I really liked.

    The reason for the calls for Ben Folds is that he’s an excellent judge.  He loves acappella music, can pinpoint exactly what makes a group performance great (or subpar), and isn’t afraid to throw in terms that the audience might not know.  He’ll say something like, “I think you were going for the minor b-flat on that passage, but you ended up slightly sharp” instead of “You were pitchy, dawg.”  And he’ll be saying it to a specific person in a 20-person group.

    He makes you feel smart just to listen to him.

  • Emmy

    Excellent, two down, one to go.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3JX273C3GNY57DKUFDBISIVJM Fran

    +1

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    But I wish they’d include one show biz producer/exec because performers
    hate to criticize other performers. Makes for boring TV.

    I can’t see Jimmy Iovine giving up the ability to learn which contestants are in and which are in the bottom before giving us his sage opinion on who did better. If he were on the panel, he wouldn’t have that safety net to make himself look brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    I never understand why Paula is so loved, but Steven/JLO were so hated. They were basically two Paulas.

    I think of Steven as being another Randy.  Good-hearted, but not a lot to say really.  I think that the problem Jennifer and Steven faced (in addition to being on the show to exploit it) was that there was no Simon to push against.  So, we had two Randies and a Paula.

  • dabney c

    I agree that they’d never go for anyone who isn’t (or wasn’t at one point) a superstar. But the producer/exec role is already perfectly filled by Jimmy. Although he’s not a judge, he does give pithy, often dead-on critiques, and I think his opinions do affect the overall climate of the competition.  In the same way that Simon’s harsh critiques often drove the kids to do better, Jimmy’s post-performance opinions might carry some weight with the kids. I’m sure they want to impress him, considering he’s the one hiring them after the season is done.

    But the truth is, it doesn’t seem like voters are all that swayed by any of the “professional” opinions. At this point in Idol’s audience maturation, everybody picks their favourites and then votes accordingly, regardless of who the pros are pimping/de-pimping at any given moment. 

    Having said that, I think the show does need a Simon or a Jimmy-type judge at the table – not so much for his influence, but for a necessary boost to the entertainment value of the judging … the long, boring, endless judging segment of the show. I miss the audience booing Simon when he said something nasty. I miss the kids getting a thrill when “the mean judge” likes their performance. These are dramatic elements that have been sorely missing the last 2 seasons.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to take a wild guess and that we won’t be hearing any names til’ August. AND that this season’s winner and runner-up will have to deal with the question “Who do you think should replace JLO and Steven?”. I’m sure they’ll be estactic about that.

    ETA: Actually we won’t be hearing any names probably til’ September.

  • sinc

    she has “movies”?

  • Anonymous

    Jacko86 – You call her videos that were shown on Idol to be classy?  I think they were trashy!

  • DragonFly

    “At least she formed better sentences than Steven,  Randy, and Paula – COMBINED!”

    … LOVE IT!   The flip-side is the serious salaries they get for it.  Remember many a contestant’s puzzled face wishing they knew what was just said to them on Natl. TV

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

    If they get rid of Randy, can we replace him with Pharrel or Timbaland?

  • Anonymous

    i do suggest elongating the semi=finals slightly.  Too big of a cut between 24 to 10+WC’s.  Also, we must get more of the sing-for-your-life performances.  Many of those are fantastic and we get only a few seconds on TV.  Because of airtime available, this would mean less time allocated to general auditions and wasted face time given to auditioners who don’t even get to top 40.  yay.

    I think anything that takes away from the power of the audience, once the live rounds start, is a blow to the concept of this show — which is that the audience is the ultimate judge. I tolerate the Judge’s Save as a necessarily fail-safe but I’m not going to enjoy several weeks of the judges deciding who goes home.

    I would say, either shorten the audition rounds, or find some interesting filler.  I think it’s encouraging that Haley is on hand for the Chicago auditions.  They should include some of her footage on the show.  

    Lengthen the Hollywood week.  That’s the most “dramatic” part of the show.  It also gives some of the best performances.  The Las Vegas group round was amazing this last year.  

    Get Michael Slezak (and Jason Averett)  there in the final forty to do some interviews.  Nobody is better at interviewing Idols.  I always feel, when I’ve seen his interview, that I’m finally getting to know the contestant.  I don’t get that sense from any other interviewer, even Jim Cantiello or Lyndsey Parker.

  • Anonymous

    only some of the worst acting ever seen by man since the creation of motion pictures. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Oooh I like Bono, I think he’d be great, he’s another very honest and articulate dude. OK here’s my proposed panel to cover all the bases:

    Keith Urban – country superstar, sweet heart, heartthrob, knowledgeable of all genres
    Bono – rock icon who’s still relevant (more so than Sting and Tyler)
    P!nk – current pop star who actually sings, is very straight forward, has a huge CHR fanbase, is very relevant
    Selena Gomez – to represent not only the Disney teen demo but also the minorities

  • OffLeash

    Niiiiiiice! That panel would be full of win! 

  • Anonymous

    Now can we please have a female judge who is a recording artist who writes many of her own songs?

    Would she be expected to be eye-candy as well?  Alicia Keys would fit that bill.  Shania Twain as well.

    How about a female producer?  I’m not up on that, but I remember Adam mentioning how smart, opinionated, and intimidating Linda Perry was when he worked with her.  

    Here she is with Pink.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Taylor Swift writes many of her own songs. She might not be a good singer but she’s a star and will pull in a young audience.

  • Anonymous

    X-Factor US has the exact same format as X-Factor UK which has found many current stars. So I don’t know what the format has to do with anything, lol.

    I will just say that Idol can get a fantastic panel, but if they don’t solve the problem of having the same winner each year, most people will just end up being disappointed around finale time again.

    Only solution is to take away those damn instruments and go back to pre-season 7.

  • Anonymous

    I think Bono is a little busy with U2 not to mention trying to save the world to have the time to be an Idol judge :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes her videos were very classy! She’s a very classy and sexy woman. :)

  • Garrett Clayman

    very upset as well

  • Anonymous

     I don’t see why one must write their own music to be qualified to judge singing and artistic interpretation.  Believe it or not, one can be successful and talented at singing without being a song writer.  I would rather they just find someone who can actually sing, and has a good understanding of the industry.  Anything else is merely a nice side dish.

  • Anonymous

    Yep. You didn’t know she’s an actress? OMG She was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category “Best Actress”.

    She’d starred in movies directed by Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Bob Rafelson etc. before she started her recording career.

    She’s worked with Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Sean Penn, Ralph Fiennes, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Vince Vaughn, etc.

    She used to be one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and she’s still the highest paid Latin actress in Hollywood.

    She’s one of the most successful romantic comedy actresses of our generation. The Wedding Planner, Maid In Manhattan, Shall We Dance, Monster-in-Law…

    She will star in the upcoming Taylor Hackford thriller ‘Parker’ with Jason Statham and Nick Nolte.

  • blackberryharvest

    After all that talk about how the X Factor gets female winners, I would lmao if a WGWG wins it this year.

    And Scotty and David Cook aren’t “the same” winners. Scotty and Lee are also completely different.

    Also the instruments have very little relevance to why they won. Scotty only played a few times-he would have won either way.

  • pj

    Bono, Cher, Madonna, Sting… all too big to ever do Idol.  I doubt Mariah will do it, but maybe.  Hard to see her wanting to do something that J-LO just left. 

    I like the Keith Urban idea. He’s obviously open to reality shows, and he’s talented and cute.  I didn’t watch the Voice he judged, but reports are good.

    I will not miss JLo or Steven.  I don’t miss Simon or Pauler either.  I wouldn’t miss Randy and I like the moving him to more of a mentor idea.

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Swift writes many of her own songs. She might not be a good singer but she’s a star and will pull in a young audience.

    True.  My only reservation with her is that, from the little I’ve seen of her, I don’t think she’d be comfortable judging.

  • OffLeash

    Keith Urban seems to be the most realistic option to be sure. And I won’t mind looking at him during his comments. :p

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    Taylor Swift would make a horrible judge. I dont think she could hurt a fly much less give honest critiques. 

    So happy Jennifer is leaving. She was a bore. And everything Steven heard was rainbows and sunshines. Its time to move on and maybe its time to scrap the show. Since Kelly and Carrie, a star has not been made and a woman will never win. 

  • pj

     She was also nominated for a Razzie as worst actress of the decade! 

  • breakdown

    Yea she has her movies and her music – thanks to Idol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Maybe a girl will have a better chance of winning if the cougers have more age appropriate eye candy to focus on.

  • OffLeash

    Now there’s an idea! That might work! LOL

  • pj

     Yes!  He’s a WGWG!  Perfect.  Although having eye candy didn’t get a girl to win the voice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Another more age appropriate hottie – Jon Bon Jovi. Now we gotta get Bieber in there too to distract the tweens, LOL!

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3$$!C@

    If I had to hear one more time, “THAT GAVE ME GOOSIES” I was going to pull my hair out.  UGH. What an annoying phrase and she kept using it like she thinks shes being cute. No JLO you and your voice are annoying. 

    /rant off

  • OffLeash

    LOLOL!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    I liked Jennifer well enough despite my believing she was following Nigel’s storyline in critiquing Haley in the later rounds of S10. But I think her salary was ridiculous and huge sums make the judges more susceptible to corruption.

    Maybe being an Idol judge should come with a two-year term limit and immunity from being removed before your term is up. That would lead to more honest criticism (apart from being worried about their perception in the public).

    Or perhaps one judge should have immunity for life with guaranteed salary increases (percentage-wise) so they can play the brutally honest asshole.

  • Anonymous

    This is great news. I’m so glad she won’t be there next year.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Then a WGWG will win again – White Guy Without Guitar. The instruments have nothing to do with it (or very few). The solution is attracting new kind of viewers.