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Report: Idol Planned to Replace Mariah Carey With Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey | Photo Credits: Michael Buckner/Getty Images; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Was American Idol planning to replace judge Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Idol producers and Fox executives wanted to replace Carey with Lopez in order to “jump-start” the falling ratings. Once a ratings juggernaut, Idol‘s performance show has been averaging around 12 million viewers, the lowest a season has garnered since its debut. But apparently the switcheroo idea led Carey to threaten litigation, so the plan was nixed.

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