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?