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Sunday 1 February 2015

J-Lo for American Idol comeback?

Jennifer Lopez could be set to return to American Idol
Jennifer Lopez could be set to return to American Idol

Jennifer Lopez is rumoured to be "very close to signing a deal" to return to American Idol.

The entertainer was a judge on the 10th and 11th series of the Fox talent show, but left after the 11th season in 2012 alongside fellow judge Steven Tyler, hinting that she wanted to pursue other opportunities.

A source told People that J-Lo is in talks to rejoin the judging panel once again, following the exits of judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.

They said: "Both Fox and Jennifer are very happy about this and want it to happen very much.

"She couldn't return last year because she had committed to a world tour. But now that the tour is over, she has more time to raise her family, do movies and pursue television projects," the source added.

The source also denied that the Jenny From The Block singer had been in talks to be a judge on rival show The Voice.

"Jennifer never had discussions with NBC about being a judge. She was approached by NBC about performing but had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts."

During her break from American Idol, the 44-year-old has been working on her eighth studio album and embarked on a worldwide tour. She also starred in crime thriller Parker with Jason Statham, partnered with US cable network nuvoTV, founded a mobile phone brand and signed on as executive producer of the television series The Fosters.

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