After American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced they're not returning to the hit show, reports say original judge Randy Jackson may soon follow. (Photo : Reuters)
With Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler departing American Idol after only two seasons, original judge Randy Jackson might follow them out the revolving judges' door.
With the singing competition experiencing a decline in viewership during its recent eleventh season, producers might have come to the conclusion to revamp the show. According to USA Today, the show lost 23 percent of viewers in 2012.
"After some long...hard...thoughts ...I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit," said Tyler. "I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I'm back -- but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I've got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band."
A day prior to announcing her departure, Lopez stated during an interview on Today that she was considering stepping down to continue her film career and more performances.
"It wasn't about playing games or wanting more money or any of that, said Lopez, 24 hours later. "It was a business decision."
Potential names for the judges table include "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." singer Aretha Franklin. The soul singer has been vocal in accepting a role on the judging panel. Franklin adds that if chosen to be on the panel, she'll like fellow musician Patti LaBelle to join.
American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert has been noted as a candidate for the panel. Lambert, despite losing the competition to Kris Allen, has received success with two studio albums under his belt and a few controversial performances.
Another name in consideration is Mariah Carey. This isn't the first time the diva's name has been mentioned as she's been rumored to be a judge for Simon Cowell's singing competition, The X-Factor.
In what may be a surprise in the candidate search is actor Charlie Sheen. The Anger Management star's name was mentioned after Idol creator Nigel Lythgoe commented on potentially offering Sheen a role in the panel. Sheen has said he was not yet contacted by Idol producers during an appearance on The Tonight Show.
"I had never thought about it, and I heard it on the news, so I thought I'd better respond to that," said Sheen. "I came up with my terms...and I'm waiting to hear back."
Sheen would be the second celebrity to join the panel with little to no music experience after comedienne Ellen DeGeneres served as a judge during season nine.