Report: Jennifer Lopez Returning to ‘American Idol’ Judges Panel


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EXCLUSIVE!NEWS/ Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol, According to Boyfriend Casper Smartby Leanne Aguilera



Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol, According to Boyfriend Casper Smart

Looks like Jennifer Lopez isn’t done living it up on American Idol

After months of speculation about whether Lopez would really be returning as a judge on the Fox reality competition’s 13th season, her boyfriend may have just let the cat out of the bag.

“Yes,” Beau “Casper Smart told E! News when we asked if J.Lo was coming back during a chat about his new show A Step Away for nuvoTV.

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Apparently Smart thought that Fox had already made the announcement.

Nope, that was all you, sir. (The network, meanwhile, had no comment.)

Presuming Smart does indeed have the inside track on his lady’s plans, Lopez will join returning judge Keith Urban, who delighted audiences in Season 12 as a fun-loving yet fair mentor. Fox Network President Kevin Reilly revealed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the network had approached Lopez in hopes of coaxing her back to the Idol panel.

“Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along…there have been discussions there,” he said.

A few weeks ago, Idol host Ryan Seacrest exclusively revealed to E! News that the hit Fox series would be announcing the new juding panel “very, very soon”—though he probably didn’t count on Smart offering up one of the missing pieces of that puzzle.

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But who else will be snatching up the remaining seats? A handful of pop stars have been thrown into the mix of Idol possibilities over the past few months.

Former contestants like Jennifer HudsonKelly ClarksonClay Aiken, and Adam Lambert have all been cited as possible Idol alums being considered to replace Mariah CareyRandy Jackson and Nicki Minaj.

Adding to that long list of maybes, sources have said thatBlack Eyed Peas is also in the running to join the show along with ladies Katy PerryMiley Cyrus, and Fergie.

American Idol returns for its 13th season in January 2014.

—Reporting by Will Marfuggi

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