Last week, we reported that JLo and Steven Tyler are leaving “American Idol”. Now, more details have emerged as to what exactly triggered the singing competition show’s shake-up and whose decision it was!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Idol” is looking to downsize for season 12, and neither JLo nor Steven’s demands for more money fit the budget. The site suggests that both artists’ public personas skyrocketed but the season 11’s finale were the lowest in the show’s history.
The buzz around town is that JLo and Steven were actually fired from their “Idol” chairs, but the show allowed them to publicly announce they left at will to save face. Although the budget may be a little low for rumored judge Mariah Carey, but the execs may very well point to how much JLo has made through other endorsements thanks to “Idol’s” platform.
Meanwhile, Randy Jackson released a statement on JLo and Steven’s exit, saying that they’re two of the “most talented and consummate professionals” he’s ever worked with. “I was friends with them before we hopped on this crazy journey together and I have no doubt our friendships will continue long after.”
Randy Jackson is on the chopping board himself due to the fact that the show’s executives want to reach a younger demo.
In addition to the financial fiasco, THR also reports that there’s not a lot of quality talent emerging from the auditions.
Uh-oh! Can “American Idol” be saved? If so, by who?