Jennifer Lopez is back as ‘American Idol’ judge, says boyfriend


Jennifer Lopez reportedly back to American Idol (1)

Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart slipped when he confirmed that Jennifer Lopez will be returning as an “American Idol” judge next season, ahead of any announcement from JLo herself, the show or FOX.

Asked whether Lopez is again signing up for the Fox singing competition’s 13th season, Casper Smart replied: “Yes.” Unfortunately for Fox or JLo who haven’t made any announcement about the return, Smart just wasted press for the show (which Idol has notoriously been doing through its judges replacements since Paula Abdul’s departure).

The return wasn’t entirely shocking though, since it was rumored last season that Mariah Carey is being replaced by JLo. So far, the only confirmed AI judge for season 13 is Keith Urban, who made his debut as a judge alongside season 12 judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and original judge Randy Jackson.

The auditions for “American Idol” season 13 began in July and ended last week. The new season premiere is scheduled for January.

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