Despite all of the names mentioned to be a judge on "American Idol," we don’t recall JLo as being one of them. But multiple reports this morning say that Jennifer Lopez will replace the departing Ellen DeGeneres on the show. DeGeneres announced Thursday afternoon, July 29, 2010, that she will not return to the show.
Furthermore, TMZ reports that rock ‘n roll icon Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will replace Kara DioGuardi. DioGuardi had a year-to-year contract with "Idol."
Randy Jackson is said to be returning to the judges panel.
And that could be it. Fox’s solution to the question of how they will replace Simon Cowell may be not to replace him at all. Instead, it looks like they may be just replacing Ellen and Kara and going back to three judges.
And as predicted by Sharon Osbourne in an exclusive TVWeek interview, all of "Idol’s" judges will be heavily associated with the music industry.
If the panel does end up being Jackson, Lopez and Tyler, the question is how that will affect the show’s viewership. There in no question that hearing what Simon had to say about contestants was one of the primary reasons a certain percentage of the audience had tuned into the show. Will the comments of Lopez and/or Tyler be compelling enough to these fans to keep watching?