The next season of American Idol will be the season of new faces. One day after Steven Tyler announced he was leaving the show, Jennifer Lopez announced her departure from the hit show as well. This leaves me to wonder, how much longer will it be before Randy Jackson quits or gets fired?
The two moves, augmented by speculation that the longest-serving judge, Randy Jackson, may also stop judging, have set up what could be a complete overhaul for hanges follow a season when the show for the first time showed ratings vulnerability, dropping 30 percent from the previous year’s average.
Ms. Lopez, who joined “Idol” two years ago with Mr. Tyler, appeared as a guest by phone on Friday morning on the Los Angeles-based radio show starring Ryan Seacrest, the host of “Idol,” and tearfully told him: “I honestly feel like the time has come. I know I have to get back to doing the other things I do.”
The Fox network, which issued the news about Mr. Tyler on Thursday, seemed to be surprised by Ms. Lopez’s radio announcement. By late Friday, the network had not commented on Ms. Lopez’s remarks and said it did not plan to do so.
Her rationale for leaving was similar to Mr. Tyler’s, who said on Thursdaythat he had to get back to performing as lead singer for Aerosmith. Ms. Lopez cited the other aspects of her career, “my movies, my music, my this, my that,” and the demands of her twins, who are now 4. “Something has to give,” she said. (NYT)
Reports are suggesting that Mariah Carey is in serious talks to take over from Jennifer Lopez.