Jennifer Lopez has reportedly agreed a $12 million deal to be a judge on ‘American Idol’. The singer-and-actress has been in negotiations with show bosses about joining the panel following the departures of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. It has been claimed by Deadline.com that Lopez was asking for $15 million to star on the series plus a guaranteed motion picture deal and a number of TV pilots from the companies which produce ‘American Idol’ – Fox, Fremantle, and 19 Entertainment. However, her demands for a film and TV programmes were refused. An insider said: ‘She was angling for an overall deal at Fox, including a put picture, to keep her movie career going. But Fox said no.” Lopez’s manager Benny Medina arranged a meeting between the ‘Jenny From the Block’ singer and producers in June and she accepted the judging role in July. She was also allegedly approached by Cowell to be a judge on the US version of his programme ‘The X Factor’ which will air in autumn 2011 before committing to ‘American Idol’. A source revealed: ‘ think it was just positioning. In the end, she didn’t turn up her nose up at $12 million.’ The 41-year-old star ‘ who was dropped by her record label Sony Music Epic Records last year ‘ has also allegedly asked ‘American Idol’ bosses to delay announcing the new judging line-up until later this month to coincide with the release of her new single, her first release on Island Def Jam. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is also believed to be joining Lopez on the panel.
Steven Tyler is joining ‘American Idol’ as a judge. The Aerosmith singer let slip his role on the pop star search show following a concert in Las Vegas on last Saturday night. When asked what his future plans were, Tyler, 62, said: ‘Recording an album and I’m probably going to be judge on ‘American Idol’.’ He later added: ”m doing it. What do you think? I’m doing it.’ Despite his claims, ‘American Idol’ bosses are yet to confirm the ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ rocker’s appointment. Tyler’s claim comes after Ellen DeGeneres quit ‘American Idol’, and Kara DioGuardi was fired as part of a shake-up of the series following head judge Simon Cowell’s departure. It is believed the show will return to having just three judges, with Jennifer Lopez joining Tyler and the remaining original judge Randy Jackson. “Sources connected with the ‘American Idol’ negotiations tell our source Kara DioGuardi has judged her last contestant on ‘American Idol’ – because she’s been fired. “We’re told the show will be going back to a three-judge format and assuming all deals are finalised, the judge’s panel will consist of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.’ Singer-and-actress Lopez has reportedly been in talks with show boss Simon Fuller for several weeks.
Aerosmith Adds South American Concerts To Tour Schedule. After questions regarding whether or not they are staying together, one classic rock band is definitely back and ready to rock across the world, and naysayers will have to “Dream On.”
The members of Aerosmith have announced plans to add concerts in South America to their upcoming tour. This marks the first time the band has performed on the continent since 2007. The “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour” was originally planned for European locales starting in June, but the South American dates will take place in May. “Back by popular demand with more spit and fire than ever before, we’re coming across the pond and parting the waters as we go,” said frontman Steven Tyler in a press release. Tyler’s stage-related injuries in 2009 led to unease about the group’s future. Disputes between Tyler and the rest of the band were resolved in early 2010. This was not the first time they had changes in the group. Perry left the band in 1979 after nine years with them to form a solo venture. Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford also left to pursue other interests in 1981. Both returned in 1984 and have since remained part of the lineup. “Enough B.S.,” Perry said. “We’re coming, and everything is going to be set at 11.” Whitford also expressed his anticipation about the tour. “I’m not sure who is happier, the band or the fans,” he said. “Can’t wait to get started.” The tour will include stop-offs in Caracas, Venezuela’s La Rinconada Hippodrome; Bogota, Colombia’s Simon Bolivar Park; Lima, Peru’s Peru/Explanada Monumental; Santiago, Chile’s Estadio Nacional; Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Hippodromo San Isidro; and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Palmeiras. The group’s Europe concerts will take place in Sweden, England, Greece, Romania, Italy, The Netherlands and more.
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