American Idol Season 10 Judges-$12M Jennifer Lopez”Idol” Deal-Joins Steven Tyler, Jackson

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All rise; the $12M dollar Lopez ‘Idol’ deal is official, and Jennifer Lopez is a judge.  She is now the third member to round out the judges panel for “American Idol” season 10 in 2011.  The multi-talented Jennifer Lopez aka J.Lo, inked a $12M dollar deal after initially requesting $15 million and a Fox movie deal.

“Love Don’t Cost a Thing”, but her talent as a judge does

Celebrities go out and about in Manhattan to celebrate Fashion NIght Out during New York Fashion Week in New York Cit, New York on September 10, 2010. Pictured: Jennifer Lopez at Macy's Fame Pictures, Inc

The $12M dollar Jennifer Lopez ‘Idol’ deal represents the end of an often rumored and controversial shake-up of the popular show, “American Idol”.  The beloved Simon Cowell had departed the show to head up a show of his own.  Erstwhile judge and original producer, Simon Lythgoe, departed, but has now returned.  Kara DioGuardi was fired, and funny-woman talk show hostess, Ellen Degeneres quit on her own volition.  The $12M dollar ‘Idol’ deal for J.Lo, represents what hopes to be a fresh beginning for the embattled show, “American Idol”.

According to US magazine, the $12M dollar J.Lo ‘Idol’ deal began with a proposal of $15M dollars and a Fox movie deal for the former “Flygirl”.  However, sources say that Fox and reinstalled producer, Simon Lythgoe did not cave in, and the $15M dollar deal was met with a $12M dollar Jennifer Lopez ‘Idol’ deal.

And then there were three

The $12M dollar Lopez ‘Idol’ deal is thought to be the completion of a disturbing pattern of controversy revolving around the show.  It all began with the departure of Simon Cowell.  Upon his announced departure last season, ratings had begun to fall in line with his planned leave.  Soon after, rookie judge Ellen Degeneres quit on her own accord after it was rumored she was foreced out, and Kara Dioguardi was recently fired from the show.   Reasons for her departure are unknown.  Hopefully, Jennifer Lopez’s $12M dollar ‘Idol’ deal along with Aerosmith’s front man and Randy Jackson, can restore the magic to a ratings free-fall for ‘Idol’.

The $12M dollar deal for J.Lo. is based on the many talents the star has brought to entertainment over the years.  She began her career in the early 90’s as a “Flygirl” dancer on the show, “In Living Color”.  She quickly incorporated her flashy, Paula “Abdulian” choreographed moves into a brand, along with singing Hip Hop and R&B.  As a natural progression, she turned to acting.  She’s done it all, and well.  Perhaps, the $12M dollar J.Lo. ‘Idol’ deal is only a down-payment of what’s to come in “American Idol” season 10.

Do you think the $12M dollar Lopez deal is enough to salvage the once undisputed #1 show on television?  Did the show err by firing the feisty, multi-talented Kara DiGuardi?  Will it make a difference who signs on the show now that Simon Cowell is no longer the face of “American Idol”?  Will Jennifer Lopez live up to the $12M deal the show is paying her?

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