Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Lopez returns to 'American Idol'?

Pop star Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in talks to judge the forthcoming season of TV show 'American Idol', along with singer Keith Urban

Lopez returns to 'American Idol'? (© AP)

Los Angeles: Jennifer Lopez is reportedly very close to signing an agreement to be part of the judging panel for the forthcoming series of 'American Idol'.

The 44-year-old singer, who has been on the show since 2011, is negotiating a spot for series 13 after sitting out last season, reported People magazine.

"J Lo is very close to signing a deal with Fox to return to 'American Idol 'next season. Both Fox and Jennifer are very happy about this and want it to happen very much," a source said.

"Most of what you've been reporting is true ... Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along. There is no deal with her or with anybody else," Kevin Reilly, FOX's entertainment chief, said.

The singing contest now has new producers as Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have stepped down, and everyone is hoping to get judges who are popular with the public.

While Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and longtime judge Randy Jackson have quit the show, Keith Urban has signed on for another year.

"Keith is going to return to the show. Keith did a great job last year. Keith's a really funny guy - I don't think he got to let his personality shine through," Reilly added.


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