american-idol-jennifer-lopez-says-season-is-standout-for-talentDespite the announcement by Fox-TV honcho KEVIN REILLY that pop-diva MARIAH CAREY has signed on the dotted line to replace JENNIFER LOPEZ as a judge on the popular reality series AMERICAN IDOL, producer NIGEL LYTHGOE doesn’t seem entirely convinced that J-LO is ready to hit the streets. Announcing her departure from the show, LOPEZ said that she was “99%” sure she’d be leaving and, during our interview a couple of days ago at the Television Critics Association press event, LYTHGOE admitted that he sees that remaining 1% as an open window to contract negotiation.

AMERICAN IDOL is slated to return later this year