Somebody Is Sabotaging American Idol? Idol Announcements in a Few Days, and The Judges’ Salaries (Update: JLo Signed 1 Yr, 12M Contract)

Here’s another scintillating Idol report from TMZ

UPDATE: TMZ is reporting that Jennifer Lopez signed a 1 yr contract for a little more than 12M dollars, and is “expected to be at the judges’ table for auditions next week.” Multiple sources including People and US are reporting sources confirming the 12M dollar figure.

Those nasty reports about Jennifer Lopez we’ve been reading lately?  If TMZ is to be believed, they’ve been planted by peeps who want to see Idol fail:

FOX execs think someone is trying to sabotage “American Idol” by dragging Jennifer Lopez though the mud … well-connected sources tell TMZ.

FOX execs at the highest level have been complaining that the negative stories about Lopez — who should be signing on the dotted line any day to become the 3rd judge — are being planted by people with a grudge against “A.I.” and people who are in direct competition with the show.

Let me translate, since TMZ doesn’t come right out and say it:  Simon Cowell and his people have been planting all those nasty stories about Jennifer.

TMZ sources insist that all is well, negotiations between Jennifer and Idol were “normal” and she’ll be sitting at the judges’ table next week for AI auditions.

The mud slinging between camps has started early. I have a feeling this is gonna get ugly.

In the meantime, The New York Post reports that Jennifer’s 12 million deal is less than Ryan Seacrest’s 15 million deal, but more than the 10 million Paula Abdul was asking for, but didn’t get.  Randy Jackson is in the final years of a contract that pays him about 8 million.

Jennifer was lured into the deal by the opportunity to produce television shows for Fox.  Her previous show South Beach, with UPN in 2006 was a failure.

The Post says the announcement is expected within the next few days, rather than October, as US magazine reported.

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32 Comments

  1. I don’t believe it’s Simon doing the rumormongering. I do however totally believe that someone is trying to sabotage JLo, possibly the show. It seems that every time it seems like the ink is dried on Jlo’s contract, another story emerges about her diva tendencies, her bloated contract, or her extreme demands. Then ‘sources’ shoot it down, wash, rinse, repeat. Why is nobody talking about Tyler’s contract? Not even Mr. Perry is talking about that. LOL!

  2. how much was the deal with simon? is it like over 20-50m?? anyway, i think they’ll save a lot now that simon’s gone… i hope for a much better production of the show..

    not that i’m complaining bout it in the past seasons (production wise- i think they are very good).. but they better make sure to up their game for season 10… its the freaking 10th year anniversary… and invite more idol alums.. please clear new songs..

  3. I watched JLo on the New Year’s eve special (with Daughtry & Ryan Seacrest??) where she performed in the pouring rain without cover. She seemed to me to be totally low maintenance and offered some self-deprecating humor about her hair, etc., given the horrific weather conditions. I don’t think any Diva would allow herself to be subjected to perform in such horrible weather conditions, and be so happy about it. I believe the stories are being planted.

  4. I don’t know who or why all the stories about JLo but she is sure an easy target. I think lots of people see her as no longer relevant or successful so are puzzled as to why Idol seemed determined to hire her. IMO there were much better candidates.

  5. Yep, Nigel sure is back. Listen to the buzzzzzzz that is being created out of thin air…..

  6. I don’t believe Simon is involved. I think the Idols that worked with Jennifer for Season 6 seemed to enjoy it. All I ask is that she be a fair judge and don’t push an agenda. I hope she is a success.

  7. I would expect reports of diva behavior to send ratings up, if anything. What am I missing?

  8. IMO there were much better candidates.

    Yep, because Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson were such household names? Or astute judges? Seriously, the only way we are going to know if this works is to see it in action. Deciding this based on cd or movie ticket sales or even relevance in the business is really not exactly realistic. This is American Idol and not the entrance board for The Julliard School.

  9. This is American Idol and not the entrance board for The Julliard School.

    LOL! Okay, that made me chuckle.

    I hope it doesn’t get nasty between the 2 camps. Nothing is more annoying than seeing extremely rich grown ass men act like children.

  10. Deciding this based on cd or movie ticket sales or even relevance in the business is really not exactly realistic.

    LOL You’re probably right. I think I’m just mad at JLo because I just rented her last movie “the backup plan’ and it was one of worse movies I have ever seen.

  11. AI doesn’t need anyone to sabotage them .. they can do this just fine by themselves

  12. Nothing is more annoying than seeing extremely rich grown ass men act like children.

    Few things are more common either, however. heh

  13. tinawina: Nothing is more annoying than seeing extremely rich grown ass men act like children.

    lucy: Few things are more common either, however. heh

    True that. It’s one of those things where I lean towards rooting for AI because the Idol brand has consequences for the alums but the showrunners of each show are going to make it hard to think there’s a good guy in the competition.

  14. I hope Simon isn’t trying to sabotage Idol. It would probably be bad for them if he is because he probably knows where all their skeletons are.

    But I get the feeling I need to stock up on popcorn. ;)

  15. Ruh roh… hope the non-AI part of the deal is just producing and not acting… And bring on the Reality Show Wars!

  16. True that. It’s one of those things where I lean towards rooting for AI because the Idol brand has consequences for the alums but the showrunners of each show are going to make it hard to think there’s a good guy in the competition.

    Amen to that, windmills.

  17. Simon Cowell is often too honest without filters, so if he said anything negative about someone – as he did to their faces on AI – there might to some truth to it and not sabatage. But I think Jennifer will do well as a judge.

  18. I dunno, I tend to think that if the mud-slinging starts/keeps going between the AI and X-Factor camps (if that does have anything to do with this), it won’t benefit either party. It’ll make things more about the competition between the two shows, and not about the contestants on either. You thought it seemed at times that the contestants on AI9 were being pulled in all sorts of directions and not given anything to work with – just imagine if in addition to judge’s drama on AI itself, there’s also a rather public battle taking place between the AI PTB and X-Factor/SC. Instead of news stories about the show, or talk shows discussing the previous night’s performances, they’ll be talking about which show better one-upped the other most recently.

  19. I don’t know who or why all the stories about JLo but she is sure an easy target. I think lots of people see her as no longer relevant or successful so are puzzled as to why Idol seemed determined to hire her. IMO there were much better candidates.

    People forget that Paula Abdul was considered irrelevent damaged goods when “Idol” first began. Musically, she hasn’t gotten back on top, but she is probably more famous for judging “Idol” than she is for her ’80s pop run.

    Remembering JLo’s work with the singers as a mentor, I think she has the potential to be a good judge. We’ll see.

    The original three judges covered the bases: Randy was the producer, Paula was the performer, and Simon was the management.

    In the end, the judges won’t matter if the singers are interesting and exciting. No one ever remembers what the judges say. They just remember the great musical battles of Ruben vs. Clay, Carrie vs. Bo, and Kris vs. Adam. People who only care about the judges usually stop watching the show after the auditions.

  20. People online is saying that among the other possibilities, if Tyler doesn’t sign

    It’s been reported by many news outlets that Steven Tyler’s deal is a done. I’m not expecting any surprises when the announcement is finally made.

  21. I have Idol Fatigue and it’s only September.

    When does X-Factor start? I still have Simon Fatigue left from last season too.

  22. It’ll be sad if Jennifer gets $12m when Paula didn’t rate $10m.

    The more I hear about judges for Season 10, the less interested I become.

    Randy is dead weight at the table and has been all along, he seems to habitually overpraise certain contestant types as well.

    Jennifer didn’t really impress much with her turn as a guest mentor and her careers are flagging… does she write, produce or choreograph? Not known for her singing (or acting), what does she bring to the table other than ticking gender and ethnicity boxes?

    Steven Tyler is a puzzling choice but brings some music career credibility with him.

    Can Randy, Jennifer and Steven pick good contestants, viable for the marketplace?

  23. I also agree with Windmills. Also, the one thing I do NOT want to see happening is competition for attention between Jennifer and Steven. I am not tuning in for the “Judges’ Show”. Make this really be about the conetstants, please.

  24. It’ll be sad if Jennifer gets $12m when Paula didn’t rate $10m.

    It sounds bad, but you have to look at the bigger picture. The producers are apparently cutting the number of judges back to 3 and they no longer have to pay Simon his uber-salary. That means they can increase the judges’ salaries without increasing the production budget.

    If Simon had really wanted to see Paula get paid, he would have given up some of his salary. He wouldn’t go hungry or have to give up flying on private jets.

  25. I just don’t buy that this is coming from Simon’s camp. Simon’s got his methods of slamming the competition, we’ve seen them. This doesn’t fit.
    No, the slamming of J.Lo is coming from someone else. Someone, I would guess, who was gunning for–and pissed they didn’t get–that slot.

    ETA: I just wanted to second, or third, or fourth or whatever we’re up to, on windmills’ comment. When the AI brand gets knocked, that’s not only a dig on our current favorites, but all the idol alums, from Kris&Adam to the Davids all the way down to Kelly. As a fan, I dislike it. I’m not saying I’m not looking forward, and with great interest, to americanized X-Factor. But I don’t think that it helps X-Factor’s case to try and sabotage Idol. If they want to appeal to the same fan base, they should respect that we have past loyalty to the old brand as well.

    In short–Mommy, Daddy! Stop fighting!

  26. JudyL: I think I’m just mad at JLo because I just rented her last movie “the backup plan’ and it was one of worse movies I have ever seen.

    I only rented that movie for Alex O’Loughlin.
    Can’t wait for Hawaii Five-O.

    I don’t know why these new judges should get paid so high already, since we know that negotiation for upcoming seasons (if AI retains her) will be astronomical.

  27. There are probably more than one entities trying to sabotage both the show and JLo. I happen to like both.

    Simon is a huge egomaniac and highly competitive. To call him ‘honest’ is a stretch.

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