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'American Idol' Update: Jennifer Lopez Out, Kara DioGuardi Unsure, Mariah Carey Wants In

by Scott Harris, posted Aug 11th 2010 2:20PM
Another day, another rumor about the ongoing 'American Idol' judges' panel musical chairs. In this round: Kara DioGuardi's in the dark about her future on the show, J.Lo's diva demands take her out of contention and Mariah Carey starts her own campaign.

The 'Idol' producers may not be talking to the press about their plans to replace outgoing judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, but apparently they're not talking to the other judges, either.

According to Kara DioGuardi's dad, Joe DioGuardi, his daughter still hasn't received a contract for next season. In fact, she gets all of her 'American Idol' news from the same place as the rest of us -- through the media.

"Would you believe that she did not hear and still has not heard anything? She read it the way you did and I did," Joe DioGuardi said in an interview on the local New York TV show 'Capital Tonight.' "In fact, her disappointment is that's the way she's being treated, and she feels that's not proper," he said, adding, "does she want to do it another year? I think so."

There's one person who probably won't be occupying Kara's chair, though -- according to People, Jennifer Lopez is no longer in the running for a spot at the judges' table. "Her demands got out of hand," a source told the mag. "Fox had just had enough."

Don't worry, though, another pop diva has tossed her name into the ring. Nick Cannon proclaimed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that his wife is also interested in the gig. And his wife? Well, she just happens to be one of the most decorated pop stars in music history: Mariah Carey.

"She talks about it," he said when asked his Carey would consider being a judge on 'American Idol.' "She says, 'I would love to do that.' She is one of the greatest singers of our time; she would be great. I don't know if she has enough time, though, but if they could work with her schedule, I know she would love to do 'Idol.' Let's start the campaign!"

Let us know what you would do. And in the meantime, here's a look at Joe DioGuardi's interview courtesy of the folks at American Idol Now:

What do you think? Should they bring back Kara DioGuardi? Are you sad about J.Lo? Or would you rather see Mariah Carey at the judges' table?

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J-LO...Great ass but that's about it...She may be able to dance but she can't sing or act...She needs to be slapped down a peg or two.
I'd be more interested in seeing her in a Seymour Butts movie.
As for Kara..She was really nice to look at...She goes and what's left of eye candy?
AI will be finished after next season...Thank gawd.

August 12 2010 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem here is that producers don't seem to be working with a formula anymore. You need a wisened music producer, a "contemporary verteran" who still has some teeth, and a trailblazer who made their success by being the first to break barriers.

My personal dream team would include:

Producer: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds to replace Simon Cowell. "Babyface" knows star quality. He's worked with and produced for most of the Pop and R&B talent since the late eighties early nineties.

Contemporary Veteran: "Jewel" to replace Kara DiGuardi. She brings in the cross market of Pop and Country which gets more and more blurred every year. She still has tremendous performing chops, and qualifies as an expert in song-writing. She'll maintain the thirty-somethings.

Trailblazer: Pat Benetar to replace Randy Jackson. She the orginal hard-rocking solo-artist female. She did it first; she did it best. And she STILL performs to sold out crowds. She'll bring in the fourty somethings who still rally for the glory days of rock to return.

THEN you bring in latest and greatest guest artists and producers to work with AI contestants. You can have Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Ke$ha, Usher, Katy Perry, etc. come in for two days, dispense some advice, plug their new project/tour. That's going to keep the tweens and early twenty somethings coming back for more.

August 11 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LOVE the Babyface idea!

August 11 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still think Tony Kornheiser is a great pick. A lot of people probably don't know him, but given the chance most would love him.

Another good pick that people don't want to hear is Howard Stern. He's one of the few Americans that is brash enough to take Simon's spot.

I know neither of these guys are in the running, but they should be.

August 11 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please, please, please forget these no talent pop-rock singers. None of them know anything about good vocals, styles or music in general. Lopez would have been a disaster, DioGuardi THINKS she knows something about music. Carey would have to be detoxed before every show. GET A REAL MUSICAL TALENT like Harry Connick Jr., Quincy Jones, Michael Buble, Jane Monheit, Nikki Yanofsky or Diana Kral, singers with REAL voices and music knowledge.

August 11 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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