All rise; the $12M dollar Lopez 'Idol' deal is official, and Jennifer Lopez is a judge. Â She is now the third member to round out the judges panel for "American Idol" season 10 in 2011. Â 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
The $12M dollar Jennifer Lopez 'Idol' deal represents the end of an often rumored and controversial shake-up of the popular show, "American Idol". Â The beloved Simon Cowell had departed the show to head up a show of his own. Â Erstwhile judge and original producer, Simon Lythgoe, departed, but has now returned. Â Kara DioGuardi was fired, and funny-woman talk show hostess, Ellen Degeneres quit on her own volition. Â 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". Â 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. Â It all began with the departure of Simon Cowell. Â Upon his announced departure last season, ratings had begun to fall in line with his planned leave. Â 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. Â Reasons for her departure are unknown. Â 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. Â She began her career in the early 90's as a "Flygirl" dancer on the show, "In Living Color". Â She quickly incorporated her flashy, Paula "Abdulian" choreographedÂ moves into a brand, along with singing Hip Hop and R&B. Â As a natural progression, she turned to acting. Â She's done it all, and well. Â 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? Â Did the show err by firing the feisty, multi-talented Kara DiGuardi? Â Will it make a difference who signs on the show now that Simon Cowell is no longer the face of "American Idol"? Â Will Jennifer Lopez live up to the $12M deal the show is paying her?
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