American Idol: Jennifer Lopez ReturnsBy: Lindsay McCane - August 17, 2013
Since the news that American Idol’s Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey would not be joining the show for the 13th season, everyone has been very interested to know who would be judging alongside Keith Urban.
Well, it seems as though we will be getting one of our old judges back! Jennifer Lopez has signed on to be a judge for the upcoming season. You will remember that Lopez was previously a judge during the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. “FOX” and Lopez have not commented on her return but it is reported that Lopez’ boyfriend, Casper Smart, is the one who let the cat out of the bag.
A source close to Lopez says that the timing is right for her to re-join the show.
“Returning to American Idol makes sense for Jennifer this season… The show’s schedule will allow her to focus on new film and TV projects” at the same time. And, of course, her twins are starting school this year and she will have time for her family,” the source says.
There is still no word on who the final judge or judges will be, but “FOX” chairman Kevin Reilly says that Urban will definitely be there. “I can’t talk too much about it… I will confirm one thing is Keith Urban is gonna return to the show… Keith did a great job last year, the fans really liked him. Keith’s a really funny guy…”
The 13th season of American Idol will air in January 2014.