Jennifer Lopez To Return To American Idol?

jlo idolJennifer Lopez’s boyfriend may have spoken out of turn when he confirmed to E! News that the singer-actress will be returning as an American Idol judge next season.

Asked whether Lopez is planning to join the Fox singing competition’s 13th season, Casper Smart replied: “Yes.” The problem is Fox has yet to make any announcement about Lopez’s return.

Still, the fact that Lopez was high on the producers’ wish list wasn’t exactly a secret. As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, Lopez’s deal was expected to close imminently. Fox declined comment on Smart’s remark.

The only confirmed Idol judge so far is returnee Keith Urban, who sat alongside departed season-12 judges Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey.

Talks with Idol alumni Jennifer Hudson, a season-three finalist-turned-Oscar winner, and Adam Lambert, runner-up for season eight, unfortunately fizzled after many weeks of internal debate.

Lopez served as judge for two previous seasons, in 2011 and 2012.

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