Whether panelists will mesh, or for how long, also is hard to predict. The love-hate banter between Cowell and Abdul delighted viewers on ‘‘Idol’’ but had worn thin when they reunited on ‘‘X Factor.’’ On NBC’s ‘‘The Voice,’’ country star Blake Shelton and rocker Adam Levine have proved a fun and feisty duo.
‘‘Idol’’ producers have so far been circumspect while fans toss around names like Carey, Dion and Blige. While millions of dollars are at stake for networks, celebrities weighing a career move to ‘‘Idol’’ know a hefty paycheck may be just the start of their windfall.
When Lopez signed a reported $12 million, two-year deal with ‘‘Idol,’’ she hadn’t triggered real excitement in the record world for years and her box-office value had taken a hit with flops including ‘‘The Back-Up Plan.’’
But on ‘‘Idol,’’ the glamorous, warmly appealing Lopez restored her popularity and converted it into new opportunities, including a TV show about global Latin talent. Tyler’s image adjustment did the same for him.
‘‘Who would have thought Tyler would be doing Burger King commercials and Lopez would be hosting ‘Saturday Night Live?'’’ analyst Adgate said. ‘‘They got back into the mindset of pop culture followers.’’
Associated Press Writer Alicia Rancilio in New York contributed to this report.