To the surprise of no one, Fox named Jennifer Lopez, a mom of twins who is years past her most successful days in the music business, as one of the new “American Idol” judges today, along with Steven Tyler. This is a huge mistake.
I personally like J. Lo. Who doesn’t admire the mom who made it trendy for women to have real curves again? But she is not the right fit for “Idol,” and this is going to be disastrous for the show. Here are five reasons Jennifer Lopez should not be one of the “American Idol” judges:
1. The show needs a ratings boost, and she is not going to deliver. Quick, name J. Lo’s last hit movie! Or her last hit album! Or … heck, even the last time you went out seeking news about J. Lo before today. If they had named her a judge in 2003, at the height of Bennifer fever, OK, I get that. But when your show’s ratings are off by 10 percent and you’re looking to bring in new viewers? She won’t do it.
2. She refuses to show us her inner diva. Despite her whole “Jenny from the Block” claim, Lopez is a diva – we all knew it before we ever heard the gold toilet seat rumors. But she refuses to unleash the inner diva on the public, preferring to keep up that image of sweet, down-to-earth star. Unless she goes diva on those “Idol” wannabes, no one will watch.
3. She is not a good singer. Yes, I busted a move to “If You Had My Love” back in the day, and her stuff was always catchy. But she does not have an exceptional voice or, from what I can tell from her previous “Idol” appearances, a great ear. It will be only slightly better than watching Ellen “I’m Totally Unqualified For This Gig” DeGeneres all over again.
4. There were so many better candidates. I would watch Harry Connick Jr. judge the Cook County beauty pageant if it was televised. I’d tune in every week only to see what Elton John was wearing. And I’d watch Mariah Carey just to see her bust out the crazy. J. Lo? Well, since I don’t care how tight her pants are, I have little interest in watching.
5. There’s nothing exciting or original about this pick. It would have been daring for the show to choose Howard Stern – just imagine how much training the censors would have gone through – or a country or rap specialist. But unless you’re dying to know how to make a movie career out of mediocre romantic comedies, J. Lo probably won’t help much. At least Paula Abdul, a similarly milquetoast pop singer, was funny.
What do you think – will you watch J. Lo?