American Idol loses two judges

By | Published on Monday 16 July 2012

American Idol

Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have both quit ‘American Idol’ as the classic pop-telly contest continues to fight the ratings challenge mounted by newer rivals ‘X-Factor USA’ and ‘The Voice’.

Aerosmith man Tyler had been due to stay with the show for another season but says he needs to dedicate more time to his “first love”, his band. Lopez, meanwhile, also cited her own career as well as her young family as reasons to step back from the talent show franchise.

Though, that said, various other reports claim that it was actually ‘Idol’ producers that dropped both judges, Tyler to clear space for a newer face, Lopez because she was demanding too big a pay rise. So who knows what’s been going on?

What is certain, is that all this has fuelled speculation as to who might replace the two stars on the show as producers try to woo back the viewers. Mariah Carey is a favourite, while Kanye West, Mary J Blige, Lenny Kravitz and Katy Perry have all been mooted as possibles, and this morning Aretha Franklin is said to have expressed an interest.

And there have been rumours ‘Idol’ alumni Adam Lambert is being considered, though if he was a judge, contenders might be tempted to compare his worldwide profile with that of the singer who beat him on the show, Kris Allen, and start wondering whether winning is actually that important. Lambert said last week that he had not been approached by ‘Idol’ bosses about a judging role, but that he’d consider it if they did.