[Revised 5:30 a.m., 8/13/10]
It’s been more than half a year now since Simon Cowell announced back in January that he was leaving Fox’s “American Idol.” And Ellen DeGeneres is also out. Judging for the new season is set to begin in a few weeks. But Fox has not announced who the new judge lineup. What gives?
Our former TVWeek colleague James Hibberd, now with The Hollywood Reporter, has spoken to his sources and compiled the seven biggest reasons insiders are citing to explain why the show has yet to name a replacement.
Here they are: ‘Idol’ is looking for well-known celebrities, and that’s tough; money; lots of executives trying to choose the judges; compatibility between the judges; chemistry (e.g. do they go with two performers, or a performer and a music producer); the time commitment celebrity judges would have to devote to the show; and the potential bugaboo celebrities might have about following in the footsteps and Simon Cowell and his fellow former judges. And oh, did we mention money?