According to the Hollywood Reporter, American Idol producers and Fox executives secretly hatched a plan to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez mid-season. Reportedly, when Mimi’s team found out, they threatened legal action. The show had no choice but to kibosh the plan. Can you imagine if Idol actually did a panel change mid-season? The DRAMA that would’ve ensued would’ve been amazing.

The Season 12 premiere featuring Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Carey opened to decent numbers. Early on, the current season even bested previous year declines after the premiere. But as the weeks passed, viewers began leaving in droves, setting record lows for the veteran reality show. Making matters even worse was The Voice was experiencing season gains with the addition of Shakira and Usher.

Some say Carey’s passive and rambling comments are to blame, while others say that Minaj’s sharp-tongued quips have alienated the core viewer which is “a midwestern, Southern, older woman.” While I don’t necessarily disagree about Nicki’s aggressiveness, I enjoy her the most. Her comments are the most entertaining and memorable, IMHO. Onto other Idol-related news. Find out what the Top 4 girls are singing tomorrow.

For this week, the ladies have to sing three songs each– a duet, a song of their choice and another via an audience vote. The latter hasn’t been revealed but I have the two out of the three. Check it out below.

The Duets

  • Kree Harrison & Amber Holcomb: “Rumor Has It” by Adele
  • Candice Glover & Angie Miller: “Stay” by Rihanna

Personal Song Choice

  • Kree Harrison: “Hurts So Bad” by Susan Tedeschi
  • Candice Glover: “Find Your Love” by Drake
  • Angie Miller: “Who You Are” by Jessie J
  • Amber Holcomb: “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion

Amber, you’re killing me with your song choices. Seriously, Celine Dion??? Divas was last week. Once again, Candice proves she’s #inittowinit. Great song choice. What do you think of their song choices? Who chose the best/worst? Do you think Idol was really contemplating a panel change midseason? Sound off below.

As a side note, the show confirmed the judges save is no longer in play. With an extra week still to fill, I fully expect a non-elimination either this week or the next. Perhaps, they might even have a two-week finale. Who knows? Nigel and company are certainly in a pickle with an extra week to fill.