Who Will Replace American Idol Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez?

There has been mass speculation on who will serve as the new American Idol 2013 judges when the new season premieres in September. With the departure of both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, rumors are rampant about who will replace them on American Idol season 12.

Among those possibly being considered as American Idol 2013 judges is superstar Mariah Carey. If original American Idol judge Randy Jackson sticks around for season 12, he would have the inside track to bring Carey on board since he serves as the singer’s manager.

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American Idol Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez Out

American Idol 2012 judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have confirmed they will not return for the American Idol 2013 season. Although it has long been suspected Jennifer Lopez would not return for another season as an American Idol judge, Steven Tyler’s depature comes as something of a surprise to the show’s fans.

“After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler said in a press statement earlier this week on his depature as an American Idol judge. “I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”

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American Idol 2012 Last Season for Jennifer Lopez?

Rumor has it American Idol 2012 will be the last season of the show for judge Jennifer Lopez. Recently named Forbes magazine’s ‘most powerful celebrity’, Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to spend more time with her growing twins and just has too much going on to return for American Idol 2013.

Gossip has been swirling for days about whether or not Jennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol after the season ends. Lopez also waffled last time around about whether or not she would do American Idol 2012, but she did eventually come around when Fox handed her a $20 million one-season contract. Lopez only earned $12 million for her first season on American Idol, so that was quite the hefty raise.

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Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol?

Sources are telling E! News and other media outlets that Jennifer Lopez will be returning to American Idol next season. Lopez herself, however, is still refusing to confirm whether she will be joining Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson for another season as an American Idol judge.

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Ryan Seacrest - Source: FOX

According to Marc Malkin of E! News, Jennifer Lopez has signed on to join Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler for the next season of American Idol but she is waiting for the ‘right moment’ to make the announcement.

Just a month ago, Jennifer Lopez told the BBC she was still debating her return to American Idol. “I don’t know. I haven’t been forced to make a decision and I’m glad about that because honestly I’m very on the fence about it,” Lopez said. “I had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening…”

Appearing on the Today Show this week, Jennifer Lopez was still avoiding the question of whether fans would be seeing her on the next season of American Idol. “I love working on American Idol, love doing it,” Lopez told host Ann Curry. “I have no announcement to make as of this moment, but I promise, you guys will be the first [to know].”