Jennifer Lopez Set to Return to "Idol," According to Casper Smart
Not a single judge who’s left “American Idol” has ever come back. Not Paula, not Ellen, not Simon. But now, it looks like Jennifer Lopez could be the first panelist to return to the judging block.
As the aging series enters its 13th season, JLo’s boyfriend Caspar Smart says “yes,” his lady has agreed to return. He let the news slip while promoting his new show “A Step Away.”
FOX-TV has yet to comment on the status of Miss Lopez, but it previously confirmed that Keith Urban has signed for a second consecutive season. JLo judged the series’ 10th and 11th seasons, alongside Randy Jackson and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.
Several other celebrity names have been bandied about as possible replacements for season 12’s always-feuding Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. They include former “Idol” contestants Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken.
More recently, sources say big names like the Black Eyes Peas’ will.i.am and Fergie, as well as Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus have been considered.