Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Hudson not only share a first name, but also a history with Fox’s “American Idol.” The struggling reality talent show has been scrambling to figure out ways to pull itself out of a sinking hole and are willing to try anything possible to make it happen.
Lopez, who snagged a $15 million-a-year salary for seasons 10 and 11, opted out of a third season. Hudson on the other hand, was a contestant on “American Idol” during its third season, finishing 7th place.
Last season on “American Idol,” audience members were introduced to a new panel, minus veteran Randy Jackson. Rapper Nicki Minaj, singers Mariah Carey and Keith Urban occupied the judge’s seats for season 12. Despite the fresh faces, Idol could not pull itself out of the slump. Urban will be the only returning judge, leaving three seats available.
After news of the firings were confirmed, rumors began flying of Idol alums being considered to fill the seats. Hudson’s name climbed to the top of the pile, along with season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson. Negotiations with Hudson appeared to have fallen apart, however, since Clarkson was the deal breaker.
“Hudson made sense back in May when the goal was to put together an all-alumni panel. According to the “Idol” insider, that plan fell away after producers failed to sign Kelly Clarkson.”
Hudson reportedly negotiated a $4-5.5 million contract but it was never finalized. J.Lo, who once cost the Idol execs $15 million, may have to take a pay cut if she signs on for season 13.
“Lopez made about $15 million a season for the gig, but those kind of numbers don’t work for the current climate at “Idol,” which has been shedding viewers for several seasons now. If producers can come to an agreement with Lopez, then Jennifer Hudson is most likely out.”
Another possible contender to join Lopez is rapper-producer, will.i.am.