August 05, 2010 12:00 PM by Nancy Floyd
With all the turnover atÂ American Idol lately, the rumor mill is in overdrive about which stars will replace the recently departed judges.Â Simon Cowell andÂ Ellen DeGeneres are definitely done with the show andÂ Kara DioGuardi has allegedly beenÂ fired. Which celebrities are joining the reality singing competition? Season two finalist, Kimberley Locke, weighs in on the speculation about Jennifer Lopez, Nigel Lythgoe, and Jessica Simpson joining the show…
American Idol is undergoing some major changes before it’s big 10th season and former finalist, Kimberley Locke, is pretty bummed about it.Â â€œI think itâ€™s a mess,” Kimberley Locke tells Reality Cares about the recent cast changes. “Itâ€™s so sad that theÂ shakeup is happening now in the 10th season. They should have thoughtÂ about that in their contracts that if youâ€™re here for the 10th seasonÂ you have to stay and you can leave in the 11th season.â€
Kimberley Locke speculates thatÂ Simon Cowell won’t ever return to the show for a reunion, but she’s happy to hear that former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe (who currently serves as the executive producer and lead judge onÂ So You Think You Can Dance) might be returning to Idol this season.Â â€œThe only good thing is I heard..Nigel Lythgoe is coming back, theÂ producer â€¦heâ€™s very talented and I think he can save the show,â€ Kimberley Locke says.
As for the other celebrity rumors, it’s been said that Jennifer Lopez will be joining the judging panel permanently for season 10. Kimberley Locke thinks J.Lo is a great replacement for longtime judgeÂ Paula Abdul.Â â€œI understand the wholeÂ J. LoÂ thing because J. Lo is the equivalent of Paula,” Kimberley Locke says. “She is a PaulaÂ equivalent and she has star power.â€
As for the rumor about Jessica Simpon vying for a spot on the show, Kimberley Locke says,Â â€œI donâ€™t think thatâ€™s a goodÂ idea.” Although she’s quick to add, “Sheâ€™d be entertaining, sheâ€™d probably be more entertaining thanÂ J. Lo.â€
The people that Kimberley Locke feels for the most, though, are the future contestants of American Idol. “I think unfortunately this yearÂ for the contestants itâ€™s going to be kind of sad because they areÂ going to be overshadowed by all of this,” Kimberley Locke says “All the attention is going toÂ be whatâ€˜s happening on the judges instead of whatâ€™s happening withÂ talent.”
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