If the rumors are true, it would appear that American Idol” is fed up with their resident head diva Mariah Carey and allegedly planned to dump her in favor of Jennifer Lopez!

Jennifer Lopez was the judge prior to Carey taking the seat and was an early fan-favorite. Mariah, on the other hand, has had a tough time connecting with both audiences and contestants. Many feel like the songbird wants too much to be liked and for that, her critiques come off as passive and uninteresting — as opposed to JLo, who excelled as a judge offering exciting and passionate critiques.

Allegedly once Mariah got wind of Idol’s shady plans to oust her, she threatened litigation, which then prompted the talent competition show to pump its breaks.

In order to save face, FOX released the following statement to the Hollywod Reporter: “This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale.” Continuing the discussion, ‘Idol’ producer Nigel Lythgoe told THR that “I have not been included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season.”

Clearly, American Idol is feeling the pressure from getting beat in the ratings by NBC’s The Voice week after week. Still, that’s no excuse for Idol’s [allegedly] planned mistreatment of Mariah. we know this is a business, but at the end of the day, but where’s the tact?

Kudos to Mariah for standing up for herself as it’s no secret that she and Jenny from the block are not the best of friends. Their beef goes way back to the late 90’s/early 2000’s when Tommy Matolla, former head of Columbia Records, pitted the two against each other by trying to brand the soon-to-debut Jennifer Lopez as the “new Mariah”, albeit without the voice.

Is Idol that desperate to inflate their ratings or is Mariah really just that poor of a judge and deserves to be replaced by someone better? Tell us what you think below!

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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