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'American Idol' Rumor Mill: J-Lo Still in the Running, But So Is Shania Twain

by Scott Harris, posted Aug 13th 2010 1:05PM
The nation's biggest tornado of backroom whispers and unsubstantiated rumors since Watergate continues to engulf Hollywood, as the search to fill the seats of outgoing 'American Idol' judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres has taken a new twist.

Despite reports just two days ago that rumored replacement Jennifer Lopez had talked herself out of the job due to excessive contract demands, don't count her out just yet. Today's rumors insist that yesterday's rumors were nonsense. The source of the last info, as told to Entertainment Weekly? The amazingly versatile and tremendously active unnamed 'American Idol' "insider."

"Don't believe everything you read," Hollywood's busiest anonymous source cautioned. "[The Lopez rumors] may simply be a case of one diva's rep slinging mud to make another potential candidate look like a diva. There are a million agendas swirling out there, and a lot of camps aren't above using rumor and speculation to advance their causes."

The source went on to insist that nobody in the running, not even J-Lo, had been trying to bigfoot Fox over the judge's chair. "This is an extremely high-profile gig, and you'd better believe no one -- male or female -- has been unreasonable at the negotiating table."

So who could be the beneficiary of those rumors if Lopez should, in fact, drop out of the running? According to TMZ, none other than Shania Twain has emerged as Fox's backup plan. In a notably succinct article, TMZ stated that "We're told Shania is Plan B." And the choice would make some sense; Twain has served as an 'American Idol' guest mentor and judge in the past and certainly has the ability as well as the credibility to pull off the gig if she is approached.

And as if that wasn't enough, TV Guide has weighed in with another set of possible judges, this time from none other than former 'American idol' runner-up David Archuleta, who revealed that his choices for the judging panel would include Madonna and Elton John. His third pick? Well, we were expecting Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler or Liza Minnelli, but actually, it turns out Archuleta wants to keep Randy Jackson on board "for old time sake."

So does Archuleta have some kind of inside information on the judging negotiations? Probably not, but then again, we're not sure anybody else does either; TMZ didn't even bother trying to name a source for its statement. That's okay, though, because we think we have a pretty good idea where they're getting their information from, which gives us the perfect idea: why not just give the unnamed 'American Idol' insider a judge's chair?

After all, if these rumors are any indication, nobody knows Hollywood or the music industry better.

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August 17 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

as a vegan how did shania get such a wide caboose? stay up on your lilly pad

August 17 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

C'mon now... Has J-Lo ever strung two or three notes together into a coherent melody? Who is she to Judge. Get serious. At least Shania knows of what she speaks (with regard to the music business). Without a Simon or a Piers - someone candid and succinct in their critique - the show is a 'goner.' The only substitute I can imagine is the guy with the tongue from KISS - whatsizzz name.

August 17 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you are an intelligent person, Idol should be must miss TV. But so many of you losers keep such garbage programing on the air by watching stuff like this.

August 17 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lynda tallman

Idol, don't put lopez on, she has no talent other than what she used to get where she is... can't act, can't dance, can't sing & she's huge! Ebvery time she opens her mouth it screams GHETTO!

August 17 2010 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lynda tallman's comment

Lee with all of the can nots you pointed out. I would bet that you cannot raise enough cash to pay her income tax. my bet is you are into lady ga goo or the other phoney beyounce or what ever name she invented for her self.

August 17 2010 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand why they want all those old birds Liza,Elton John or Madonna. Put somebody in there that the people will enjoy seeing every week, not a bunch of boring asses.you need to take a vote and see who the pubic would like. Jennifer is all washed up so she's looking for a job

August 17 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares anymore? I'm getting so tired of this every summer I don't even want to watch the show anymore. It is a bunch of media hype to keep your intrest until the new season starts ...just like Glee (also a Fox Show). Their promo department needs to come up with some new tactics to keep us intrested, this is just getting boring. A juidge is a judge is a judge. They are judging unknowns not the Grammys. Is there any way to block Fox out? Hmmmmm

August 17 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Reed McEwen

What about perhaps throwing a former idol contestant on the judging panel to give a little bit of perspective from someone who went through it on the other side of the judging table?

August 17 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Simon will greatly be missed. He may have been cruel at times, but I believe he really wanted to give advice for the contestant to better theirselves. As for JLo & Shania, they are both very talented people. Whoever they choose as a judge I hope they will have the contestants will being in mind. That's what this show is about. The contestants.

August 17 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm OK with JLo or Shania, I just want them to make up their minds.

And BTW, the only good press coming out is that Casey James' OFFICIAL press release might be coming out today from Sony Nashville! He's already signed with Sony and fans are anxiously waiting for his specific label announcement.......I'm hoping for Arista, home of Carrie Underwood! Yippee!

August 17 2010 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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