Is 'Idol' Already Looking for Jennifer Lopez Replacements?

Jennifer Lopez reportedly still hasn't made her mind up about whether or not she's going to return to American Idol for the 11th season, but sources say that producers are already putting together a backup plan in case she bails.

According to, insiders believe that Lopez, 41, is balking on going back to Idol for a second season, simply to get a pay raise. Though Jen made a cool $12 million for her judging work, her predecessor Simon Cowell was making $35 million per season -- and Lopez may want a bigger chunk of that. 

Still, the jury is out on whether Lopez was an asset to Idol's 2011 success or vice versa.

"Idol has resurrected her much-stalled music career," one music exec said, as Lopez's dance hit "On the Floor," burns up the charts. "Likewise, Idol didn't fall apart when Simon left and Jennifer has to get some of the credit for that. But let's also remember the show didn't increase in ratings and that is also thanks to J.Lo."

And Idol bigwigs aren't convinced that it's Lopez who's their show's big draw.

"Right now the star of American Idol is Steven Tyler," a source told PopEater. "Everyone thought after Simon announced he was leaving that [Lopez] would fill the void. How wrong were they? It's all about Steven, who's already signed on for season 11."

Lopez recently told BBC that she was "on the fence" about returning to the singing show, but it looks like the multi-tasking mom may want to make a decision soon. The Idol sources say that producers have already spoken about Shania Twain (who has been a mentor and guest judge on the show) and Shakira possibly filling Lopez's spot.

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