Idol Gig: The Kiss of Death for J.Lo
Now she's just ... Paula Abdul's replacement
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2010 5:40 AM CDT
From left to right, singer Steven Tyler, singer Jennifer Lopez, and musician Randy Jackson at the American Idol Season Ten judge announcement in Inglewood, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have finally been confirmed as the newest American Idol judges, but wait a sec before you break out the congratulatory champagne. You might recall that Jennifer Lopez used to be an “international music and movie sensation/fashion icon/business mogul,” writes Ben Barna in BlackBook. Somehow, she went from that … to “Paula Abdul’s replacement. Ouch.” How did this happen?

“The easy and obvious answer is box-office bombs,” he writes. Although she appeared poised for success thanks to early hits (Selena, in particular), she exercised very, very poor judgment by agreeing to do “the obvious and schmaltzy romantic drama Angel Eyes,” the trainwreck Gigli, and more. Her relationship with Ben Affleck, splashed all over the tabloids as it was, didn’t help her image much, and her “bland-but-catchy dance pop” quickly went stale. Will her Idol gig kill what’s left of her career? Click here for more on that.