Jennifer Lopez is 'on the fence' about an 'Idol' return. Three reasons she should stay -- and three reasons she should go.

Seems Jennifer Lopez might not stay on American Idol‘s block for an additional season: During an interview with Scott Mills of BBC Radio 1 (embedded below), the singer/actress/dancer/reality show judge/most beautiful woman in the world said her future with the reality juggernaut is not clear-cut:  “I don’t know,” she told Mills. “I haven’t been forced to make a decision and I’m glad about that because honestly I’m very kind of on the fence about it.” According to Lopez, the star has “a lot of other things happening” — including a new reality project, Q’Viva — and “it’s going to come down to making a choice.”

Well, I’ll admit: I’m on the fence too, Jennifer. Though I enjoyed the singer’s antics throughout the course of the season, the last year has proven that Idol can revolve its panel of judges successfully. So let’s help Lopez out: Here are three reasons why she should stay on Idol, and three reasons why she should exit the Idoldome:

She should stay… because, clearly, the public loves her. Back in April, over 86 percent of you felt that Lopez should stay with Idol for an additional season. She proved to be an emotional mentor for the contestants, and had a larger vocabulary than Randy “in it to win it” Jackson and Steven “beautiful” Tyler. Of course, that was before the judge trampled on a certain contestant’s powerful performances.

She should leave… because after weeks of piercing Haley Reinhart’s soul with inexplicable hate-lasers, only 31 percent of you felt she needed to stick around. The public began clamoring for a judge that would speak the truth, but also criticize fairly. And there were some contestants (cough, Scotty and Lauren!) Lopez couldn’t help but praise, regardless of their performance level.

She should stay… because Idol still remains one of the biggest shows on television. This season, the show delivered record ratings for Fox, and posted the first ratings gain in five years with its finale results show. That means plenty of eyes are on Lopez — and whatever album/product she decides to release in the future.

She should leave… because, still, season 10’s performance finale attracted even fewer viewers than the much-maligned season 9 finale. Though many will turn on their TVs to see numbers from famous folks like Tim McGraw and Lady Gaga during the results finale, perhaps interest in the show — including its judges — have waned.

She should stay… because being left with just the option of Tyler and Jackson has us reeling. Though Lopez was hardly critical of most of the contestants, she was the only judge who attempted to form coherent opinions. She became the nicest Simon Cowell we can imagine — the one on the panel we’d fast-forward past the others to get to.

She should leave… because, quite honestly, Idol could do better. And no one show proved that more than The Voice, which attracted talent like Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green — celebrities that haven’t quite shown they have a critical ear (when are these folks going to channel their inner Simon Cowells?), but at least have proven entertaining enough to carry interesting banter and artistically inclined enough to convince us that they know what they’re talking about. Idol should go younger and fresher, with stars not just looking to get a big payday and ample time to promote themselves. Give us judges who truly care, who are actually, excuse me, in it to win it.

So where do you stand? Should she stay or should she go? Darlings, you gotta let me know!

Also: Anyone else loves the way Lopez turns Mills’ next question into an opportunity to say she’s never used Botox?

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  • Vegas Guy

    You could just cancel the show altogether.. I’d be fine with that.

  • Faz

    Yea, there’s no question she should go. She was awful (more than). And, for that matter Randy and Steven as well. All for very different reasons — but . . .

    • Jackie

      I definitely don’t think she was awful — she had a good ear for great singers in the beginning. But when she DID criticize, it was usually completely off-base and aimed at the wrong person (i.e. Pia, Haley).

      • Emma

        She certainly wasn’t awful at “piercing Haley Reinhart’s soul with inexplicable hate-lasers”. She definitely had that down to an art! I hope she’s not back next year, but if she has another crap album to push she probably will be.

      • FromChicago

        What’s interesting is that the critics and viewers still think the show is about the judges. The judges are not supposed to be the “stars” of the show, the singers are….but everything I read is about the judges.
        Jlo’s career is back on track, she should leave and pursue other outlets.

      • DranFrescher

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    • Terry

      Agreed, all 3 should be replaced. I found it frustrating and upsetting that J-Ho and Randy Jackass showed such favoritism. They picked on Haley and praised Scotty, Lauren and James even when they stunk! And I honestly can’t stand to hear Steven say ‘that was beautiful’ one more bleeping time!

      • FromChicago

        @Terry: So you watched the show, even though you hated the judges?

      • RT

        I hated the judges but still watched the show to see the contestants.

      • Faz

        From Chicago — So? With the exception of Randy (and don’t get me started), the show was around before these judges.

      • LeeInOceanside

        Agreed! The show is not about the judges. It’s about the contestants!

      • Justathought

        I would like to see Adam Lambert picked as a Judge. He did an outstanding job as a “Mentor” last year; His critics of the contestants were focused, fair, insightful, and sensible.

        Adam was one of the best, if not THE best, Mentor in that series. His experience in the real world working his way up the music world on his own (Cabarets, Broadway, etc), and on American Idol, is unique. He is finishing a very successful World Tour Concert series and has a supportive following of all ages and musical tastes. I think he would be a star as a judge and would be a boost for the the American Idol franchise with the younger audience demographic.

        Adam”s frank and honest advice to contestants reminded me of a kinder Simon Cowl, who he admires.

    • sara

      I agree. She was never the least bit interested in being a “judge”. Her non-stop praising of the most off-key MALE performances and her relentless bashing of Haley was bordering on bullying and frankly, I do not need to see anyone else on the receiving end of that.

      • Adwina Lambert

        retire over exposed J-Ho! tee-hee!

      • vgeeee

        I dont watch the show but let me try to get this down straight. You have an ex-rocker/junkie/drunk/lousyfather along with a formely talentless Journey bassist with a spik from the bronx whose singing makes me wonder she should really be on stage with the other aholes. Summation: To all of you watch a documentary, Idol is the most evil thing to come along since hitler.

    • John

      Here is a thought why not bring past winners as judges? Kelly for a pop judge. Carrie for a country judge and Reuben for Soul and R&B. I would watch just for them!!

      • Valerie

        I’m on board w/ that. That is a wonderful idea.

      • noelbelle

        I would LOVE to see Kelly as a judge. She’s really very funny whenever I’ve seen her speak. She seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t be manipulated by producers’ visions and would speak her mind. Plus, she obviously knows what she’s talking about.

      • Brian

        and why not Taylor Hicks as ‘you can win and still fail’ judge. Or Adam Lambert as ‘it’s okay if you lose ’cause you might be famous afterwards. Or Kimberly Calwell as ‘just become a entertainment reporter!’ judge. Or Nikki McKibbin as ‘you can go to rehab’ judge. Or Kimberly Locke as ‘you can get skinny’ judge. Or or or.

      • Ryan

        I think Sheryl Crow would be the best replacement I could think of.

  • baj24

    I would be fine if she went. It started out promising then she started to pull an Ellen about halfway through the season and just stopped offering any kind of critique. Maybe this is due to guidance from the producers, but either way it doesn’t make me enjoy her “judging”.

    • Minnie

      Agree, baj. JLo started strong and if she could regain that, I’d keep her. But if she’s just another puppet for Nigel, forget it. NO ONE will be good under that scenario.

  • John

    People still watch this show? (pukes)

    • Dylan

      How people EVER watched that crap is baffling to me.

      • And yet

        here you both are, commenting on it. Even more baffling.

    • Julie

      yeah John, more than just about any other show on television…deal with it.

    • LOL

      This show is for people who hate music.

    • Jeannie

      People who don’t watch this show still read articles about it and complain about the people that do watch it? (pukes)

  • Ricky

    I’d rather she stay and one of the other two go. The other two were utterly useless. She had moments of genuine insight to offer. Frankly, I get the sense the show didn’t turn out to be quite what she expected.

  • Carrie

    I’d be surprised if she did go back to AI next season. This was what she had planned all along. She just joined the show for attention because all of her recent movies have been flops and so was her last album. I’ve noticed that she’s also become the spokesperson for a bunch of products in the last year or so, from Gillette razors to L’Oreal hair dye. She wanted the spotlight back badly and it worked. Now that AI has given her career a boost, she can start her own reality competition show and get more movie deals. AI will probably have a revolving door of judges from now on.

    • Di

      And that’s why she should stay. AI has given JLo a career again. If she quits the public will ignore her again

  • ktcarleton

    Stay. But she’s got to learn. There’s a lot of good there to just throw out the baby with the bath water.

  • Heidi

    The judges all started out raring to go, excited, and real. I loved their chemistry. As time went on and Nigel as well as Jimmy made their favorites known, their energy and comments became blander and blander. Why not just let Nigel judge himself, rather than hiring puppets. These stars on their own did great, so if they come back I’d hope both Steven and Jennifer will say that they do not have to pander to Nigel anymore. I know that’s what Simon fought so hard with Nigel about and one of the reasons he left – he had no desire to listen to any opinion Nigel had to say.
    If they can be fresh like they were in the audition process and for the first few weeks of the top 12 show, then I’d say Jen please stay.

  • TorontoTom

    The show is in decline and it’s a season or two from falling from the top and fizzling out completely. She’s better off doing her stint, riding a hit single, promote the buzz for all it’s worth and move on. Get out while the going’s still good…

    • Fingerlakes Dave

      >>is in decline and it’s a season or two from falling from the top and fizzling out completely
      #1&2 for how many weeks? Top 3 or 4 every week it aired.
      In decline? Maybe over the next 10 years.

  • Marc

    Wait, let me get this straight: she’s actually relevant again (at least from a pop culture standpoint) for the first time in years, and she’s STILL on the fence about returning? Is she out of her mind?! It’s a miracle anybody gives a crap about her anymore, so she’d be wise to thank her lucky stars for the exposure (and paycheck) from ‘American Idol’ and gratefully renew her contract for as many years as they’ll have her.

    • Mr. Holloway

      My thoughts exactly.

      When People Magazine named her Most Beautiful Woman in the world, I couldn’t help but marvel at how much more beautiful J.Lo had apparently become now that she was on the #1 show in the country and relevant again.

      • Di

        Yup somehow she went from sad and desperate to relevant and beautiful. She’d be an idiot to leave the show

  • Liz

    I like her, but it would be great to have a new crew of judges every season. Yeah, I thought she kinda gave up, halfway into the season. I grew to appreciate and look forward to Jimmy’s critiques, more than the judges’ critiques.

  • LeeLee

    Keep the judges since they don’t really count anyway-ditch the endless voting. Do like some of the other shows-limit the amount of times you can vote. This will eliminate the disaster finale that Idol has had for last couple of years. All the truly talented people got voted off. Ridiculous….

    • TxJessie

      I think the TRULY talented people were in the finale. The people voted for the best.

    • Squishmar

      Spot on, LeeLee. Unless they change the rules of voting and limit the amount of votes, it won’t matter who or what they have as judges (or even if they do). Their system is broken on the voting end and until that is fixed, nothing else really matters.

  • Ethan

    I think the show can stick around because the format is very watchable for season after season. I liked J. Lo more than the other two, but that’s the lowest bar anyone could set ever. Get rid of all three judges and have it as a rotating panel of music/celebrity judges year by year, and the show can go on forever. But really, the important thing is to get rid of Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Then, let J. Lo go either way and it’s fine.

  • Doug

    I could do without JLo’s nasally voice as she read the producers’ notes from her chair, trying to act sincere. Yes, I could do without this.

    • Dee2

      I agree Doug. It would be nice to have someone that actually wanted to judge. To keep telling people who were off key a lot how wonderful they were does not help them in the least. Jen can leave.

      • lucille

        Not to mention she can’t sing for s***

    • Joe

      Her fake-ass laugh is annoying, as well!

  • Miss Talk

    She should LEAVE because American idol sucks. It’s nobody’s fault, the show is just old and boring without Simon. I was one of those who wanted her to take the gig but the show is dying.
    She’s back on top, she should make a movie, or produce a TV show like Salma or something. She’ll be fine. As always.

    • Brigette

      Seriously? Season 10 was the best it’s been in years. I think the only time I missed Simon was when the judges praised Durbin’s screamy “Don’t Stop Believin'” and bashed Haley.

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