'Idol' Panel Rumors: Lopez Out, Twain In

Jennifer Lopez's contract said to be too demanding

Shania Twain is reportedly the latest contender for a seat at American Idol's new judges table. This follows news that talks between Idol producers and Jennifer Lopez have broken down, due to Lopez's contract demands. Twain was well-received as a guest judge and mentor on last season's Idol. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe recently rejoined the show after a two-year absence, and has said he wants to revive the show's three judge format.

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Meanwhile, the fate of the two remaining American Idol judges, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, remains unclear. DioGuardi was rumored to have been let go after her two-year stint on Idol, but producers have yet to make that announcement. With less than a month to go before the judges are scheduled to oversee auditions, Kara's father, New York senatorial candidate Joe DioGuardi, says that his daughter is disappointed by how Fox has handled the situation this summer. "Would you believe she did not hear — and still has not heard — anything," DioGuardi told Capital Tonight. ""She read [news of her firing] the way you did and I did…I think they're trying to create a lot of buzz. Would she want to do it another year? I think so…I think at some point [she] will confront them on that."