Ellen DeGeneres has followed in the footsteps of Simon Cowell and will not return to American Idol next season. People magazine is reporting that it did not take long to find her replacement, however. They are citing an inside source who claims Jennifer Lopez (or J-Lo) has signed on with the show. If true, I find that to be a modestly refreshing choice. Lopez is a singer and dancer who has been in the spotlight so she will be able to provide some critical feedback. Fox has not officially commented yet.
I do hope that the panel is not complete at three. J-Lo, Kara DioGuardi, and Randy Jackson would be adequate but lacks a certain spark. No one can replace Simon Cowell but they need to do something to keep interest in the show high. Maybe a fourth panelist is forthcoming. We can only hope.