Is Jennifer Lopez Leaving American Idol?

All eyes are on Jennifer Lopez as the 11th season of American Idol comes to an end. The “Dance Again” singer recently admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she has not decided if she will be back on American Idol next season beside Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.

“I really do enjoy it,” she said told Ellen. “Now this is my second year — I don’t know if I can go for a third year. I miss doing other things. It really does lock you down, which was nice the first year with the babies being three, but now they’re getting more mobile, they’re about to go into school … So I just don’t know.”

After a less than stellar year with ratings, Fox execs assure that they are completely satisfied with all three judges and are not looking to let anyone go.

Despite the on-screen tension between J.Lo and mentor Jimmy Iovine, he told reporters that he’d like to see her come back.  “She’s incredible, I hope she does it again,” he said. “I know nothing about this. … I just mentor the kids and do my thing. And Jennifer’s wonderful. Funny and beautiful and talented. So I hope they keep her.”

Last year I was completely with the general public welcoming the movie star turned-pop-royalty to American Idol. However, you can almost tell she is burned out on it having nothing but the same thing to say week after week. Viewers would agree that she also majorly crossed a line with comments made as Jessica Sanchez was saved from elimination, even criticizing America for being “stupid.”

A fair-weather fan of the show recently suggested that shows like American Idol and The X Factor should always have different judges each year because the talent gets stale and it’s like watching the same repeat over and over. I could not agree more after this painful season of American Idol. Fox acknowledges that major changes are needed and maybe it’s not an entirely necessary move to change the judges, but it could help. We need someone on the judges panel who will be honest with the contestants. This year there were so many instances when the judges were saying things that were completely untrue to contestants. The show lost so much flare as the judges clearly picked their favorite and tried their hardest to sway America’s vote that way. There is more excitement with at least one new judge a year as long as the chemistry is right.

Should J. Lo come back? She’s definitely not one of the worst judges we’ve seen on the show, but it could be her time to move on. I would love to see Stevie Nicks or Gwen Stefani as a judge since they are two of the only mentors who really had helpful advice to offer the contestants during their guest slots.

Who do you think could replace Jennifer Lopez on American Idol?

by Melissa Warner on May 21st, 2012

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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