Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Singer Jennifer Lopez is set to return to her former post as judge in American Idol, her boyfriend Casper Smart revealed in a chat with E! News.
Smart replied in the affirmative when asked if Lopez will indeed be returning for the 13th season of American Idol. Apparently, he thought that Fox had announced the comeback already.
Fox, on the other hand, is yet to release an official statement regarding Lopez’ return, however, network president Kevin Reilly hinted such at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in early August, saying, “Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along…there have been discussions there.”
Reilly confirmed, though, that season 12 judge Keith Urban is holding on to his seat. His fellow judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are not coming back for another stint, and long-time judge Randy Jackson announced his departure as well.
Meanwhile, other stars that are reportedly to fill the rest of the judges seats are former American Idol contestants Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and Adam Lambert.