Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol?

FOX has not commented, but a source says an announcement could come this week

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A year after leaving American Idol, Jennifer Lopez may be returning to the FOX music-competition show. A source close to the negotiations—speaking on the condition of anonymity—says that a deal is imminent and that there could be an official announcement later this week.

The singer known as J-Lo joined Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler (pictured) at the judges’ table for Idol‘s 10th season in January 2011, replacing Ellen DeGeneres (who served as judge for one season). The trio stayed together for two seasons—Tyler and Lopez left the show at the end of the show’s 11th season. Lopez reportedly earned $20 million in her final year with the show.

If these reports prove accurate, Lopez will be be a part of a trio that will include Keith Urban and a yet-to-be-announced third judge. According to a story posted on, a big factor in her decision to return to the show was a production schedule that will allow her to spend more time with her 5-year-old twins Emme and Max.

From left: Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson onstage at FOX's American Idol Season 11 Top 5 to 4 Live Elimination Show on May 3, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif.

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