Who will judge American Idol?
"American Idol" fans have been thrown for a loop recently as many of the famous judges on the show have signed off. Both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have confessed they'll be leaving the show, which means there are two empty seats to fill before next season begins.
USA Today reports JLo admitted she was leaving Idol during an interview with the show's host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show.
"I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I've put kind of on hold because I love Idol so much," Lopez told Seacrest.
Tyler made the announcement he would be leaving the show after two seasons to focus on his career with first love, Aerosmith.
"After some long, hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit," Tyler said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back - but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious [expletive] - the ultimate in auditory takeover. Idol was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it. Now it's time to bring rock back."
With the two open seats, many are wondering who will be able to fill them. CNN reports Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has openly declared she would love to fill a seat, though Fox would not comment on her offer. Other names like Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey have been tossed around as possible judges as well, though nothing has been cemented.
Media analyst Brad Adgate told USA Today the producers of A.I. need to find more youth oriented judges that wear hip hop clothes and high fashion outfits and seem cool to the younger generations.
Adgate suggested pop stars like Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert as possible good fits for the target audience. Lambert recently discussed the rumored opportunity and he admitted he would be open to the gig.
"Well, nothing's been confirmed yet. If I were to be asked, I'd love the job. I think that would be great," Lambert told the publication. "That's 'if,' because nothing's been asked yet."
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