She’s Jenny from the block, the Bronx girl rocks; JLo’s a million dollar diva. 12 million to be exact. According to Yahoo music, American Idol execs signed a deal with the sultry singer, actress for $12 million smackeroos to take a seat at the judges panel for Season Ten of the popular TV music competition show.
It was a daring, but necessary move to spend that kind of moolah to get JLo aboard. Ratings have dropped on American Idol, Simon departed, then Ellen, and wait, one more farewell–Kara DioGuardi. Three judges gone bye-bye causing producers to have to scramble during the summer to fill empty seats, this time, we’re back down to three. (Four was too many)!
So, here’s your panel, America: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, recently recruited, and Jennifer Lopez. If you ask me, it’s a combination that’s got potential.
One woman, two men. It works for me. I just like that balance. Paula, Randy and Simon. The woman got a lot of attention on that panel. You won’t help but notice JLo. She’ll be front and center stage, hogging the camera just the way Paula did.
Does the panel have room for two rock star egos? (Three if you throw in Randy’s career as bassist for Journey)? Yes, yes, and yes! JLo’s going to get her say; Stevie is an icon who had a successful run. Two different genres. Two different perspectives.
Randy’s job is to focus on the business end. Panelist last season were dishing out too much advice. Between Kara, Randy, and Simon, all three music biz wizzes, it was information overload, tainted with a touch of ultra-criticism. This sometimes really brought the contestants down, way too low. Ask Tim Urban, for one.
So, go ahead, Randy, read ’em! Tell them what the real deal is and give them a piece of good advice. About the business. It’s OK this season, cause Simon Legree is gone and we know you can be nice, Randy. You know how to tell someone they stink, dawg.
JLo will be like Paula, only she will make sense. She can put words together to make sentences and actually know what she is saying. We won’t have to wonder what’s in JLo’s Coca-Cola cup.
Steven Tyler looks cool. I can’t see him tearing into one of those Idol hopefuls. I bet he has a lot of stories to tell, you know, bad boy rocker stories, out on the road touring, and all. I’m sure he can appreciate performance issues.
I liked Simon, don’t get me wrong. His villanous, big boss ways grabbed a lot of ratings. After awhile, it rubbed people the wrong way. Then, it got old. His comments seemed to get uglier. Hey, let’s try something new!
We don’t need nasty games to get the ratings, or blunt, cold comments to cause the contestants to “shape up.” What we need is a quality music competition with truthful, honest, respectful judges. We need judges that will develop and nurture the crop of hopefuls, motivate them, plus add the right kind of spice to the mix. That will draw an audience. Then, the Idols can concentrate on singing, as well as receiving valuable, concrete feedback. Don’t you love it? No more confused competitors.
Here’s to Season Ten of American Idol. May it be funny, creative, entertaining, exciting, cool, and oozing with talent. May the judges find some way to make this show work. Otherwise, we may not be coming back for Season Eleven.