Jennifer Lopez's Boyfriend Accidentally Confirms AMERICAN IDOL Return
It looks like Jennifer Lopez may be heading back to the American Idol judges panel after all.
In an interview with E!, Lopez's boyfriend, Casper Smart, accidentally let it slip that the former IDOL judge would be returning for the upcoming 13th season.
When asked if she'd reclaim her chair alongside season 12 judge Keith Urban, Smart succinctly replied: "Yes."
Smart reportedly thought FOX had already made the announcement. Not quite - though it's no secret the network has been chasing Lopez.
"Returning to American Idol makes sense for Jennifer this season," a source told E! "As the show's schedule will allow her to focus on new film and TV projects...And, of course, her twins are starting school this year and she will have time for her family."
For E!'s original report, click here.
FOX is also reportedly in talks with former BLACK EYED PEAS lead will.i.am. to replace Randy Jackson, though no deal has officially gone through at this time. The network confirmed earlier this summer that Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and long-time producer Nigel Lithgoe would not return to the singing competition in the fall.
IDOL hopefuls will meet Emmy Award-nominated host Ryan Seacrest and the judges, including Urban, when the auditions travel to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. American Idol XIII debuts in January 2014 on FOX.