April 24th, 2013
11:52 AM ET
Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" might not be the only Fox singing competition headed for another season of change.
The Hollywood Reporter heard whispers from sources close to production on the network's "American Idol" that the series was considering swapping new judge Mariah Carey for former judge Jennifer Lopez.
The hope, the sources said, was that another panel shake-up could stem "Idol's" low ratings this season. Last week, the veteran reality show was beat by a repeat of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory."
"Idol," with this season's new judges Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj and mainstay Randy Jackson, was watched by 11.9 million on Thursday, with a 2.9 rating in the adult 18-49 demo. Over on CBS, the "BBT" repeat at 8 p.m. had the larger rating, with a 3.0 in the 18-49 audience and 11.2 million tuning in. An episode at 9 p.m. had a 3.2 rating in that demographic and 10.8 million watching.
However, a rep for the Fox show told CNN and THR that any word of a plan to replace Carey with Lopez "is just another ridiculous 'Idol' judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer [Lopez] performing on the finale."
Carey's team similarly denied the gossip to the magazine, and the show's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said that he hasn't been "included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season."
THR hints that Carey isn't the only one who might be in consideration to be replaced, as Minaj hasn't been a major hit with viewers, either. What do you think - should "Idol" change its judges panel again? Would you want to see Lopez return for more than just a performance?
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