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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Can Jennifer Lopez revive 'American Idol'?

By Sarah Anne Hughes

From the block to "American Idol."(AP)

Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes

Jennifer Lopez will reportedly join the judging panel on "American Idol," signing a contract with Fox worth $12 million. For that amount of money, we have to ask: Is she worth it?

Ratings for "Idol" have declined in the past few years. May's finale pulled in about 23.2 million viewers, the lowest number since "Idol's" first season. This isn't to say that "Idol" doesn't still have a huge fan base. But the combination of fewer viewers, the departure of sharp-tongued Simon Cowell and the failure to properly replace judge Paula Abdul, whose unpredictable antics were consummately entertaining, definitely spells trouble for "Idol."

So does Lopez have enough star power anymore to breathe new life into "Idol"? While J-Lo is still a household name, the triple threat -- quadruple if you count her clothing line -- has lost a lot of cultural relevance since her "Love Don't Cost a Thing" days. Her past two studio albums, "Brave" and "Como Ama una Mujer," failed to go platinum in the U.S. This year's "Back-up Plan" received dismal critical reviews and grossed $37.5 million domestically at the box office, whereas her 2001 romantic comedy, "The Wedding Planner," pulled in $60.4 million. Of course, Lopez's personal life has changed a lot between marriage and having children, but I think it's more than safe to say interest in Lopez has declined in favor of new pop stars, some who occasionally wear dresses made of meat.

Lopez would be a marked improvement over Kara DioGuardi, who just didn't have enough chutzpah to make an impact as a judge, and poor Ellen DeGeneres, who just wasn't right for the show. I'm sure the excitement over Lopez will draw more viewers to the "Idol" initially, but once that dissipates so will the inflated ratings.

So will the reported judging panel of Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez be enough to make you tune in to "Idol"? Tell us in the comments section.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | September 15, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, TV  
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No. Then again, I've never watched.

Posted by: talleyl | September 15, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

She looks different every time I see her, like she just can't stop with the plastic surgery. Not that she looks bad at all, it's just that she keeps tweaking. Soon she will look nothing like she did when she first came to the public's attention.

Posted by: Vikkie | September 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Anne, maybe since you fill in periodically you don't know about my "standing" contention that the only way for JLo to boost the ratings is to take away the judges chairs. I'm sure Producer Paul could explain the implications of that.

As for the "the failure to properly replace judge Paula Abdul," even though I am not a fan and have only seen parts of different shows, I am not sure how it would be humanly possible to replace Paula. Unless maybe they could get Lilo or Amy Winehouse, but they are pretty hard to track down.

Posted by: reddragon1 | September 15, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse


Could the Post put up a reader poll? It would be interesting to see the results.

Posted by: RossEmery | September 15, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Jennifer!! even though she it's not the most suitable candidate for Idol, she'll do her best.

My main concern is her CONTROL FREAK HUSBAND-MARC ANTHONY..since he is the best singer from the two of them, He'll be in every show, will tell Jennifer what to say , what not to say, what she said wrong.
He'll follow her everywhere..because he feels he should be the IDOL JUDGE and not her.



If you don't believe me, ask anybody that have worked with Jennifer in movies, videos, interviews, photo shoots Since she married him.

He is very talented but a PEST.


Posted by: VASA78 | September 16, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

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