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Jennifer Lopez set to return to ‘Idol’

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Jennifer Lopez has told press  in recent weeks that she wasn’t sure if she was coming back.

Well, she is, according to E! Online.

Lopez, whose music career has been revived thanks partly to “Idol,” came across as a more sane version of Paula Abdul. At first, people were surprised how humanizing and sweet she was during the auditions. Unfortunately, as the show went along, her ability to constructively criticize deteriorated. The longer she spent time with the singers, the harder it was for her to actually say anything remotely negative. But at least she said something useful once in awhile.

Steven Tyler shut off his critical mind virtually the moment the live shows came on, turning into a repetitive adjective machine. He might say something amusing but seldom useful. That left only the occasional “that bored me” line from Randy Jackson.

Yet all three are coming back. Now that the novelty of this trio has worn off, will we as viewers be as remotely excited in 2011? I haven’t heard any major tweaks yet in terms of what “Idol” is going to do next year despite “The X Factor” and “The Voice.”

And does Nigel Lythgoe have any more tricks up his sleeve?

Do we need changes to keep our attention or is it ultimately the quality of the singers?

46 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

July 11th, 2011
8:57 am

I think JLo and ST have a lot of fans. ST is undeniably good during the edited parts of the show(prelim auditions and Hollywood) but pretty much a failure during the top 12(or 13 or how ever many they decide to put through this year). He needs to get a set of youknowwhats if he wants to be a good judge.

JLo needs to learn that Randy disagreeing with her doesn’t require her to interrupt and prevent Randy from saying what he’d like to say. His opinion is as valid as hers.

Deirdre

July 11th, 2011
9:03 am

On a side note, totally unrelated….the Women’s World Cup soccer game between the USA and Brazil yesterday was a nail-biting extravaganza. Congrats to the US team for not only beating an excellent Brazilian team but for thwarting the efforts of FIFA’s officiating staff to get the US out of the running.

Harriett

July 11th, 2011
9:11 am

I wonder how much the criticism of ST and JLo has reached them? Do they know how milquetoast their comments were?

Rickster

July 11th, 2011
9:11 am

Hello folks! I’m back.

Not even going to bother with trying to catch up with everything I missed while I was away. Too much to cover!

Woodpappy

July 11th, 2011
9:18 am

I think that if ST and JLo will just be honest and not try to sugar coat everything, the contestants will be better prepared for the “real world” when/if they make it to the top 10 or so. The real world is not gonna tell you your preformance was “beautiful” and “absolutely wonderful” everytime. I hope the judges at least read some of these blogs. If they see the same things repeated over and over by many different people, maybe they might accept the criticism and do something about it. Hope so….

Deirdre

July 11th, 2011
9:19 am

Welcome back Rickster!

Rickster

July 11th, 2011
9:21 am

“For me… for you… for me” – other than Simon, I’ve not cared a bit about the judges’ performance reviews – mostly because I disagree with them so darn often!

Judges comments:

These could be the comments for almost any performance we saw:

Randy: Dope, smoking, dawg, pitchy, molten lava hot, just a’right
J-Lo: goose bumpies, wow, amazing,
ST: beautiful

Harriett

July 11th, 2011
9:36 am

Hey, Rickster! Good to have you back.

Woodpappy, I do too!

carla roqs

July 11th, 2011
9:40 am

good morning, i did have to backtrack and unlike rickster, i just HAVE to comment. WOW!! kinda glad i was mia on that one. i think the APS issue had my attention. def not a claymate–love it, so i had no idea all of that was going on!!! omgosh, and sorry for all of the exclamation points, but…omgosh!! and, btw- @JTesla, your July 9th, 2011, 11:01 am comment: “Well Jonny, I place blame where blame belongs…..Perhaps if they spelled their names the way real American’s spell their names that wouldn’t be such an issue…..By the way, here is a parting gift from me to you: H.” absolutely beautiful. straight prose!! LMCABO

Mercedes S.

July 11th, 2011
10:17 am

Thank you Rodney – for new thread, for comment on the last one, and for just letting us all have fun here in these summer doldrums. Yesterday I had left my car in the sun for a short errand at Publix and when I returned the outside thermometer said it was 108 degrees.

D., is that the US soccer team that has a new Swedish coach everybody praises?

JTesla

July 11th, 2011
10:44 am

I’m not looking forward to having to listen to those three clowns again.

Thanks Rodney… for putting up with us ;)

Harriett

July 11th, 2011
10:51 am

A bit off-subject, but I have just finished reading Harlan Coben’s very first novel, Play Dead, which was only released recently, and I was thoroughly enchanted with it. He has a disclaimer of sorts at the beginning, saying it is a bit like an old paper you made a good grade on, but years later you ask yourself what were you thinking. He wrote it when he was in his twenties. Loved it and highly recommend to any Coben fans. I know there are several on the blog–linny, for one.

Sam-A

July 11th, 2011
11:06 am

Mercedes: Have you seen HP Prt 2 yet? Got my tix for Sunday @ 9:40 am – cannot wait! Apparently is’t at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes over the weekend.

Deirdre: Hope your “fly guy” is home this weekend so you can see it too.

Sam-A

July 11th, 2011
11:07 am

it’s – duh

Deirdre

July 11th, 2011
11:09 am

Sam, fortunately he is and Mr Atlanta’s birthday is this week so we’re all going to see it on Sunday. Looking forward to it.

Re Harlan Coben I love the Myron Bolitar series and some of his other books as well.

Mercedes, yes, the USA women’s soccer coach is from Sweden.

Rickster

July 11th, 2011
11:39 am

Thanks for the greetings, folks!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

July 11th, 2011
11:48 am

Hi y’all,

Happy Monday. SO…anyone have any contacts with IHeartRadio or MGM? In case anyone missed it, Ryan announced on his show this morning “The. Biggest. Music. Festival. Ever.” Among the acts, Kelly AND Carrie! Though, I’m not sure they are performing on the same day/night.

http://www.iheartradio.com/cc-common/iheartradio-music-festival/

Neg Haleysox

July 11th, 2011
11:49 am

I absolutely can’t stand JLO, and I hate Randy even more. Tyler is a complete waste of space. I have ALWAYS hated the judging on this show. It insults the viewer’s intelligence having scripted pimping and/or bashing of contestants in an effort to manipulate results that fit the producers desires. Fire them all, replace them with nobody, and let the contestants be loved/hated/voted based on THEIR OWN MERITS.

Mercedes S.

July 11th, 2011
11:54 am

Sam-A, tomorrow I will know!!

Mercedes S.

July 11th, 2011
11:55 am

The only judges Neg would approve of: Neg in triplicate

Neg Haleysox

July 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

True dat, Mercedes.

Sam-A

July 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

K&CF: I KNOW you’re gonna “enter to win” on that website! Wish you the best of luck and hope you’ll be the big winner and can report all about it to us. (And if Sir Paul is one of those “announced throughout the summer” I KNOW you’ll take me with you!)

Sam-A

July 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

And Mercedes: Can’t wait to see your first post Wed am!!!!!

JTesla

July 11th, 2011
2:59 pm

What, no Jennifer Lopez fans to come and take offense at Rodney’s statement that she “came across as a more sane version of Paula Abdul”? What about Paula fans? I guess Jenny from the Block doesn’t have any fans.

Well I for one am outraged!!!!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

July 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

Sam-A, HA! Thanks for the good vibes…and you’ve got a deal!

JT, are you a fan of Jennifer’s or “her block”? ;)

Mercedes S.

July 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

What is it with some singers’ need to invent a second identity?

Rickster

July 11th, 2011
4:36 pm

What this blog needs is a thread (with picture) about Carrie Underwood – hosting the CMAs again with Brad Paisley.

Mo Schreibman

July 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

The Idol television program producers should replace this Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez boy and girl with that band ABBA except for the ones with beards or maybe Ann-Margaret or maybe even Anita Ekberg if they have the space.

Mercedes S.

July 11th, 2011
5:04 pm

Mo – “Ifthey have the space”… Anita Ekberg is a BIG girl nowadays…

Rickster

July 11th, 2011
5:21 pm

and she certainly isn’t “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

Good night, everybody!

Seth T

July 12th, 2011
1:51 am

No, J. Lo is not the most beautiful girl/woman in the world. The girl who waited on me at Checker’s Lounge tonight is.

Deirdre

July 12th, 2011
7:48 am

Morning!

I’ve been trying to post something about Lauren spraining her ankle and wearing a boot during the Idol tour but Pacman is giving me fits this morning.

fanofidol

July 12th, 2011
7:50 am

It will be good to have the same 3 judges finding the talent. They did a pretty good job of finding a group of better singers. I still think the creativity was stifled this past year. Adam Lambert and Kris Allen were much more creative with their song arrangements, there wasn’t much, if any, of that this year and the actually “judging” this year was non existent.

Rickster

July 12th, 2011
8:46 am

Have to disagree with Seth-T.

Mrs. Rickster is the most beautiful woman in the world. :-)

Harriett

July 12th, 2011
8:46 am

Morning all!

Mo, maybe you are thinking of Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts or perhaps something along those lines when Anita Ekberg might have been “really big.” But, come to think of it, they didn’t have judges, did they? But, they discovered Pat Boone, which gave them some credibility–or not.

Deirdre

July 12th, 2011
9:09 am

A quote from this week’s tv guide cheers and Jeers section is interesting. It’s about SYTYCD but it may relate to some of our discussions re the voting on Idol:

Jeers to Nigel Lythgoe and the other judges on SYTYCD. Their ability to override viewers’ voting with their dance-offs has always been a concern. When they didn’t eliminate any dancers in one episode, they verified that viewers’ votes mean absolutely nothing to them.

Woodpappy

July 12th, 2011
9:42 am

I really enjoy Mo’s thoughts about the issues. What a hoot !

Harriett

July 12th, 2011
10:04 am

Me, too, Woodpappy. I cannot resist him!!

Mercedes S.

July 12th, 2011
10:54 am

Sam-A – you are going to LOVE the last HP. Bring some Kleenex, though…

Sam-A

July 12th, 2011
11:28 am

Mercedes: Thanks! I cannot wait. Have tix for the Regal version of “fancy huge screen” for Sunday am (sadly my beloved AMC Barrett Commons w/IMAX did not get this one), paying a huge amount, and am considering just going on Sat to the regular screen version first – sounds silly for and older gal, but I’m just so excited yet terribly sad that this is the last HP movie ever – that alone will require tissues! I’ve read lots of series, ie Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Betsy/Tacy, the British “Adventure……” series by Enid Blyton, and seen all the James Bond, LOTR – you get the idea, but I’ve never so deeply loved any book or movie series like I do HP.

Dave

July 12th, 2011
11:45 am

I’m done with Idol. The judges on Idol became completely meaningless about three or four years ago. The voters are now cougars and tweens/young tweens that all vote tens of thousands of times for who their Moms want to win. You get the same cookie cutter champion every year now. They should honestly just eliminate female singers from the competition. I don’t think the ratings would go down all that much and it would spare everyone who wants to see female singers from wasting their time.

Harriett

July 12th, 2011
11:49 am

Why don’t you tell us what you really think, Dave? ;)

G

July 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

On SYTYCD: They have one of the best voting systems on television. The majority of us are not competent enough to vote objectively on who should move on. The judges are. Voters rely on looks, style, genre, race, and personality. Personality? Personality only matters if you plan on hanging out with them. You can be a snob off stage as much as you want, just as long as you deliver on stage.

Talent is probably less than 25% of what fans vote for. Primarily because many of the voting population aren’t educated or familiar enough with the craft to vote objectively. Good job by SYTYCD by keeping “proper” balance.

AI voting system is too fan heavy.

G

July 12th, 2011
2:08 pm

As for JLO returning to AI….along with ST…..dawg, AI will continue to decline. If Jenny would keep real at least 50% of the time, instead of biased 100% of the time, I could tolerate her a bit more.

Sam-A

July 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

Dave, I am an “older woman”, and I have often pulled for the ladies waaaaay ahead of the guys! Crystal was far and away my fave time before last, and I was for Pia (until her unfortunate dismissal) and Lauren from the getgo this time. Kelly is my favorite Idol contestant ever, by 1000%. with few exceptions, ie Clay, Michael Johns, Bo and David Cook, I’ve been supportive of the ladies most years!

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