Jennifer Lopez Close to Deal with ‘American Idol’

After months of negotiations, Jennifer Lopez is reportedly close to finalizing a deal that would bring the Boricua singer back to FOX’s American Idol as a judge next season. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Cécile Frot-Coutaz, the CEO of FremantleMedia North America (which produces the show) declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal about J.Lo's return to Idol, but mentioned that “we’re in good shape. No worries. No dark clouds on the horizon.”

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A representative for Lopez, however, said there is nothing to announce.

Lopez, who turned 42 yesterday, was paid $12 million to serve as a judge on the hit show's 10th season alongside Steven Tyler and Idol veteran, Randy Jackson. The Hollywood Reporter says that despite Lopez's big salary, the singer could be holding out for Simon Cowell's old Idol $35 million a year salary, which breaks down to $642,201 an hour of airtime. 

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