In December, Rimes appeared on the show and performed a duet of her hit How Do I Live with contestant Carly Rose Sonenclair. The performance received poor reviews and many believed Rimes was under the influence. Before Spears was hired, Rimes was believed to be in the running for the judge spot.
No official announcement has been made regarding Rimes or Spears, but many believe that Spears will be fired. Many believe that Spears has polarized audiences and has hurt ratings of the music competition TV show. She was paid $15 million to be on the show. Fox is bringing the show back for another season, but is cutting it's budget.
Antonio "L.A." Reid quit the show and requested that Jon Bon Jovi be hired as his replacement. But, Bon Jovi is not interested, according to sources.