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Thursday 21 August 2014

Carey sweeps away Idol rumours

Mariah Carey has shot down rumours that J-Lo will replace her on American Idol

Mariah Carey has laughed off talk that Jennifer Lopez would be replacing her on the American Idol panel, a source close to the star has revealed.

The Hollywood Reporter previously claimed that J-Lo had been in talks to take over her seat on the US singing show, before Mariah allegedly threatened legal action.

Mariah is reported to have said: "I love Jennifer Lopez, and have even invited her and her children to my twins Monroe and Moroccan's second birthday party on April 30.

"I'm really hoping to see them and our mutual friend Benny [Medina]."

Benny Medina used to be Mariah's manager and is now Jennifer's manager.

A Fox spokeswoman has denied the story, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumour, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale."

A spokeswoman for Mariah couldn't confirm if she would return for the next season.

Mariah, who has sat on the judging panel alongside Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, has been working on her 14th album. An executive at the record company Universal has said it is one of the "best albums I've heard in years and years."

The 43-year-old star, who is also planning to release a new single, has reunited with director Lee Daniels in his next film The Butler, which also stars Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams and John Cusack.

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