Dim the lights. Here we go.
Like her on-air singing critiques, “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez was indecisive during an interview on the “Today” show Thursday morning about whether she will return for a third season on the reality singing series.
Hours later, and in a more resolute manner, show producers made it known on Thursday afternoon that Steven Tyler will not return for Season 12 of “American Idol.”
Lopez and Tyler joined the Fox show during Season 10 in 2011 and it appears as if they’ll depart at about the same time.
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Lopez joined “Today” reporter Natalie Morales to promote her upcoming movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” but ended up making a bigger splash when her role on “American Idol” was brought up.
“It’s been on my mind a lot, as you can imagine,” Lopez said when asked whether she would return to the Fox singing competition show for a third season.
“I know everybody wants that definite ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and … all I can let you in on is my own thought process with it, because that’s where I truly am,” Lopez added. “And the truth is, I love everybody. I love all the guys on the show. I love the family that’s there. Like I said, I’ve just enjoyed it so much. But I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do.”
I’m no rocket scientist, but that sounds like she’s already made up her mind, but is afraid to be forthright and decisive about what she’s really thinking—just like her two-season judging stint.
I found Tyler to be a breath of fresh air when he first joined “American Idol” in Season 10. His candor and off-the-cuff humor was both entertaining and funny. However, his act grew tiresome sometime during the Season 11 auditions.
Especially uncomfortable was a Season 11 incident in which Tyler told then 15-year-old contestant Shannon Magrane’s father that his daughter was “hot, humid and happening.”
Aside from his social blunders, Tyler’s singing critiques grew equally wearisome and predictable once the live show rounds came around, as he often seemed disinterested and unfocused on the contestants’ performances.
Lopez’ judging style was counterproductive and seemingly disingenuous most of the time. She appeared reluctant to criticize the contestants and was quick to overly praise them, as if she wanted to be their BFF instead of helping them improve on their talent.
That’s what moms are for, J-Lo, not talent judges.
The few times that she did provide criticism, it was rarely constructive and was quickly followed up with heaping servings of “but-you-are-so-talented” praise.
Good for parenting, but bad for judging up-and-coming musical talent. I mean, record producers aren’t going to be so kind, so why coddle the contestants who want into the cut-throat music biz?
Simon, we miss you more with each passing season.
Technically, Randy Jackson and Lopez are still a part of the show, but it doesn’t take much to figure the judging panel will look very different for “American Idol,” which experienced its sharpest viewer drop off this past season.
Some rumors have floated that the show’s suits fired Tyler so they could free up money to keep Lopez.
Whatever the reason for Tyler’s official and Lopez’ apparent departures, the fact remains the show is short at least one judge.
With that in mind, view the slide show for my choices to replace Tyler—and possibly Lopez and her “goosies”—for Season 12.
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