Jennifer Lopez has been confirmed as returning to American Idol.
The "On The Floor" singer will be joined by singer Harry Connick Jr. and returning judge Keith Urban when the show comes back for its 13th season next year. The 44-year-old pop star is coming back to the panel after appearing as a member in 2011 and 2012 and will command a hefty pay cheque, thought to total as much as $17.5 million.
Randy Jackson, who retired from his role as judge earlier this year, will still appear, but as an in-house mentor to acts.
Describing the judging panel, Kevin Reilly - Chairman of Entertainment at network Fox - said, "Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves and whom Idol fans love; Harry Connick Jr., a bona-fide musical genius and fantastic Idol mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars; Keith Urban, a multi-Grammy-winning artist who was such a positive force on the show last season. We are also very excited to have our friend Randy Jackson now in a new role as mentor, and the captain of our team - the heart and soul of 'Idol' - Ryan Seacrest returning as host."
Nicki Minaj has "no complaints" about her stint on American Idol.
Although the "Starships" singer quit the show after just one season, which was dominated by her feud with fellow judge Mariah Carey, Nicki insists her time on the show was a "blessing" and she loved every minute of it.
"My experience was great! It was a blessing. I had a wonderful time and I learned a lot about myself; I learned a lot about the worlds' perception of me. And I think it was a great thing for hip hop to see me transcend. It was really inspiring. No complaints whatsoever!"
While Nicki has no clue about who will take over from her on the panel, simply saying, "I have no idea, but God bless them," former judge Jennifer Lopez hasn't ruled out a return: "I don't know what's happening over there. I don't know. We will see. I'm always open to the infinite possibilities that the universe has to offer. So you never know. I was emotional about [leaving]. I just had such a good time there. It fit ... I felt like family [and] I get emotionally attached."
Jennifer Lopez held a secret meeting with Ryan Seacrest amid rumors she is preparing to return to American Idol.
The 43-year-old singer met with the show's host at an industry office building in Beverly Hills on Friday, and was reportedly desperate to keep their reunion under the radar. An eyewitness told gossip website RadarOnline.com, "J.Lo was driven there by her regular driver. Ryan arrived simultaneously, and didn't look happy to have been spotted."
The "Dance Again" hitmaker looks set to take back her seat on the judging panel when Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj - who quit the talent show last week to focus on their music careers - leave. Her manager Benny Medina was previously said to have met with show bosses to discuss her potential comeback and it appears negotiations are now in the final stages.
Jennifer Lopez reportedly wants to return to American Idol. The 43-year-old star looks set to take back her seat on the judging panel when Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj - who quit the talent show last week to focus on their music careers - leave.
Her manager Benny Medina is said to have met with show bosses to discuss her potential comeback. "J.Lo's manager, Benny Medina, was in talks with FOX even before Mariah and Nicki announced their departures last week. Benny told FOX that she does indeed want to return. They're talking. Negotiations are in their infant stages, but they're underway to get her back to the judges' table," a source said.
FOX bosses are eager to claw back viewing figures after this season's finale saw ratings drop to 14.2 million, which is the lowest they've ever been since the show started in 2002. They believe a revamp of judges could be what is needed - including losing Keith Urban. "It's unlikely that this season's fourth judge, Keith Urban, will also stick around. The show needs an overhaul," an insider said.
American Idol producers secretly plotted to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez. Bosses were keen to see the return of "On the Floor" singer Jennifer midway through the show's current season but, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, once they were threatened with legal action by Mariah's team they backed off.
The insiders added a search has already begun to replace Mariah, Nicki Minaj and possibly even the entire judge's panel - which also includes Randy Jackson and Keith Urban - for the next season.
Mariah was a huge signing for the show, but has proved less popular with viewers on the show than Jennifer, who appeared in the previous two seasons, was. Mariah's comments and criticism have been criticized as passive and disengaged, and she has been overshadowed by Nicki on the show.
However, another source says research has shown Nicki's performance on the show has not been as popular as expected, adding, "The core viewer is a Midwestern, Southern, older woman who is threatened by Nicki's aggressiveness."
Jennifer Lopez will guest star on lesbian drama The Fosters.
The former American Idol judge is producing the show for ABC - which features a same-sex couple and their family - and although they have ruled out an appearance by Jennifer in the first episode, she is keen to take part later in the season.
Jake T. Austin, who plays a foster son to the couple, told E! News, "She was maybe thinking about doing a cameo in the pilot, but there was some apprehension in deciding how early they wanted to feature someone like her into the show. So she'll definitely come on but at this point we just don't know when."
Jake is excited about the show, which features Teri Polo and Sherri Saum as the lesbian couple, because he feels it is "very timely." He explained, "It's very current, it's very timely and it's something that's needed, especially on a platform like ABC. The thing is it's a family show and it's relatable. It's not targeting any specific demographic. We're just trying to tell a story and to appeal to a mixed crowd."
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If you live on the West Coast, you missed seeing J-Lo stumble on stage…not to mention a few other things. Because of the time difference, a few changes could be implemented for the AMAs as seen in California, a distinctly more polished version than the broadcast spied in the East.
Some of the saltier moments could certainly stand the editing which followed for PST viewers, but Jennifer Lopez getting tripped up? Why should such a moment be hidden from a portion of the watching audience? Well, the answer seems simple enough - to make J-Lo look good. According to ABC, “We did not expect the impromptu moment in question,” well, I should say so. “Execs and producers felt it was respectful to Ms. Lopez to edit the mishap for later time zones.”
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