Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol
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Jennifer Lopez Returning to American Idol

UPDATE: Jennifer Lopez's boo Casper Smart seems to have spilled the beans about his main squeeze returning to American Idol. When asked by E! News whether or not J. Lo was coming back, he answered "yes" apparently not knowing Fox has yet to make the announcement (and still hasn't commented, by the way). Oops!

Brace yourselves, American Idol fans, it looks like former judge Jennifer Lopez is locked in for Season 13 of the singing reality TV show.

Deadline is reporting that J. Lo has finally reached an agreement on the major deal points to re-join the Fox series as a judge next season, alongside already-confirmed judge Keith Urban, with a formal announcement expected in the next week or two.

That coveted third judge seat is still vacant, but is still considered a major contender. Now that Jennifer Lopez has taken a spot, it looks like the diva dilemma is over. Alumna Jennifer Hudson is most likely out, since producers' idea for former contestants as judges fizzled after Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson wouldn't commit.

How much will J. Lo be making this time? Most details on her contract are pretty sketchy at this point, but Deadline says she could pull in a paycheck somewhere around what she most recently made on the show, which was a whopping $15 million.

This is good news for Jennifer, though, because Idol has always been good news for her. Back in 2010 when she was offered a spot on the show, it helped her revive her career out of a slight lull, and since appearing as a judge, she has bolted back to the top of the Top 40 stations and is now working on an ABC Family show, The Fosters. Her return should help Idol fill the diva role that was first vacant when Simon Cowell left, Jennifer filled it, Mariah Carey tried to fill it last year, and now Jennifer will return.

What do you think? Are you upset about Jennifer's return to American Idol or is this a good thing for the show? Hit the comments and get out all your feels!

Source: Deadline

08.4.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Carson Blackwelder
Related: American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, News, American Idol Season 13

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