Yesterday we learned that Jennifer Lopez is going around town suggesting that she might not return to judge another season of American Idol. I, and may others, immediately jumped to the conclusion that she is merely saying this as a negotiating tactic to reap a more lucrative contract with Idol. But, according to E! News, it’s starting to sound like J. Lo is really serious about quitting Idol. For the first time ever, Lopez is going out on a world tour this Summer and prepping for the next season of AI would get in the way of her tour. Additionally, J. Lo says she’d like to spend more time with her children. I’m actually starting to believe that she is seriously serious about saying goodbye to American Idol.
While J.Lo has publicly said she has yet to make a decision about her future on Idol, sources exclusively tell me that she she’s planning on calling it quits. She’s just too busy,” one source said … She’s about to launch a mega concert tour with Enrique Iglesias that kicks off this summer in Latin America and the U.S. She plans to go worldwide in the fall. I’m told Lopez will be on the road, at the very least, through the end of the year. The next round of Idol auditions will begin while she’s overseas. The superstar apparently wants to free up her schedule next year, possibly taking a little hiatus from work to be with her kids. “It is just like any working mom’s dilemma,” Lopez told us at Monday’s premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. “It’s tough. It’s a balancing act. You put them first and then you have all these other things that you have to do, that you have to give your time to as well, and you have to make sure that they’re OK in the process.” Fox declined to comment on Lopez’s future with the show. Meanwhile, a source close to the production tells E! News that “Fox does not want to let her go. They love her.” Lopez has been on Idol for two seasons with one-year contracts for both. Now the question is, will Fox try to change Lopez’s mind with a much bigger payday?
While my gut tells me that an $18-20 million dollar contract from Fox would make her stay on American Idol, I really do believe that she is prolly considering leaving the job behind. I guess it depends on how important the tour is to her. If she really wants to focus on her music career, then she should definitely tour the world as much as possible to show people FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER that she is an exciting live musical act. As for wanting to spend more time with the kids, well, I think she can do AI and still spend time with the children … but she prolly cannot tour the world, work on Idol AND spend quality time at home. In the end, I think J. Lo will be afforded the luxury of doing exactly what she wants … whatever that may be. She’s made smart career decisions in recent years … let’s hope she makes another one this time around.