Could this be a J-Lo before and after picture? Not quite! You are looking at possibly the two newest judges for American Idol.
It looks like Ellen DeGeneres has decided NOT to return as a judge on American Idol next season. FOX sent out a press release yesterday confirming the news. Also off the panel, Kara Dioguardi and Simon Cowell. With two seats open, it looks like we’ll be seeing Jennifer Lopez and possibly Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sitting on the judges panel.
This past week, some other names were floated around as potential judges. Pop sensation Justin Timberlake and a different sensation altogether, Elton John were rumored to be in the running but that was squashed on Wednesday. However, it’s being reported that Jessica Simpson is still a possible contender. Also, So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe may return as executive-producer of Idol.
Anyway, more on Ellen…
Ellen released this statement via her Twitter page:
“A couple months ago, I let Fox and the American Idol producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on Idol and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.”