Holy smokes, the American Idol rumors are running rampant! Adam Lambert is reportedly being considered as a judge for season 12 of the reality competition show that made him famous. It would be an easy switch – Jennifer Lopez, who wants to be done with American Idol, moves out and Adam Lambert moves in.
“He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start,” an unnamed source is quoted telling E! News. “He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”
In a live press conference Wednesday afternoon hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the network introduced Steven and Jlo alongside Randy Jackson, the only judge remaining from the previous season, to a cheering audience.
“I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson,” said Jlo, 41. “We’re looking for the best American Idol ever.”
Steven Tyler, 62, also had some words to say. “[It] feels like the perfect feathered nest,” he said. “It’s being a part of something much bigger than yourself. I want to bring some rock to this roller coaster.”
Jennifer, who is slated to earn $12 million for judging one season of the hit show addressed the Idol hopefuls in attendance at the press conference. “I love you guys. I am so excited,” she told the crowd. “It is about concentrating in the moment, do the best you can. Just live! Just live, it’s your moment.”
The new season of American Idol will officially kick off in January, 2011.
It’s a done deal! Ending weeks of will she or won’t she speculation, Jennifer Lopez has officially signed a deal to become a judge on the next season of American Idol.
Multiple media outlets including TMZ and PEOPLE are confirming the news. According to PEOPLE, Jlo signed a one year deal to the tune of $12 million! Yes you read that right, $12 million for a year’s worth of work.
TMZ adds that Jennifer is expected to be at the judges’ table for auditions starting next week. While sources close to the show claim Jlo is not a diva, PEOPLE adds that the deal almost fell through last month due to Jlo’s diva demands, which included wanting movie and TV development deals, a larger Idol salary as well as input about her new co-judges. AI reportedly said no to all the extras.
And despite AI’s attempts to defend their new judge, sources tell Rob Shuter of Popeater that Jlo is indeed a diva who makes ridiculous demands.
“Of all the people I have ever worked with, no one was more difficult than Jennifer,” a magazine editor tells Rob. “When we shot her for a cover, her list of demands were crazy. She needed an all white room scented with Jo Malone candles. She insisted on having a banquet of food — that she never touched — and even had the nerve to ask for a specific type of private plane.”
As for who will be joining Jlo on the judge’s panel, Randy Jackson is still in, while Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is expected to be the final addition.
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