Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres no longer on American Idol
"American Idol" isn't inspiring quite so much idolatry anymore. (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/kwalk628/Flickr)

The reality has set in for “American Idol” fans that Simon Cowell is no longer a part of the show. But judges are now dropping like flies, reports the entertainment media. Ellen DeGeneres recently informed the world that she will no longer perform her duties as a judge on the popular reality show. Now the Los Angeles Times reports that Kara DioGuardi has been given the boot. That leaves Randy Jackson and empty seats that may very well be filled by Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

‘American Idol’ has an uncertain future

Clearly Fox, as well as Nigel Lythgoe and the “American Idol” production group, think there are still ratings to be squeezed from the aging yet still popular program. Deadline.com claims that Jennifer Lopez will be coming on as Kara DioGuardi’s replacement when Season 10 begins in January, but nothing has been confirmed. Like Paula Abdul before her, Jennifer Lopez began her entertainment career as a dancer. A return to Fox would reunite Lopez with the network that launched her dancing career on the early-1990s Wayans brothers’ sketch comedy show “In Living Color.”

Viewers were jumping ship

While “American Idol” remains America’s most-watched television program, the loss of viewers in recent seasons gave the producers pause. The Times indicates that there had been grumblings behind the scenes that Ellen DeGeneres should leave. Unlike the Kara DioGuardi situation – her contract simply went unrenewed – Ellen was given the chance to bow out gracefully. In a public statement, DeGeneres said that “A couple months ago, I let Fox and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me.” This mirrors what large segments of the viewing audience were thinking, as Ellen vacillated between “deer in the headlights” and saying something nice to cover up the fact that she knows very little about music.

Fox Networks Group chairman Peter Rice said in his own announcement that “We love Ellen and understand and support her decision to bow out of ‘Idol’.”

Better judging through chemistry

On again, off again “American Idol” Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe wasn’t the only one to notice that Kara DioGuardi, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson simply didn’t click onscreen. Adding a visibly uncomfortable Ellen DeGeneres to the mix only served to underscore that fact. At one point, Lythgoe speculated that if he could have his pick of judges, he’d take Usher, Elton John and Paula Abdul. However, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have garnered the most attention of late.

Steven Tyler’s ample lips are sealed

X17 Online reportedly tracked down Steven Tyler outside the Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood to ask for his take on “American Idol” judgeship rumors. Allegedly, Tyler would be made head judge, the role once played by Simon Cowell. Tyler revealed nothing. However, he also did not deny that he could be a part of “American Idol’s” future.


Los Angeles Times http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/07/kara-dioguardi-out-of-tune-with-american-idol.html
The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/29/AR2010072905730.html
X17 Online http://x17online.com/celebrities/steven_tyler/x17_xclusive_steven_tyler_tight_lipped_on_new_gig_as_idol_judge-07302010.php

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