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Jennifer Lopez Officially Returning to ‘American Idol’!

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It’s official! Jennifer Lopez will be returning to American Idol as the show heads into its thirteenth season. I know you’re sick of these “Is she?/ Isn’t she?” articles, but this time, it seems the deal is sealed.

Rumors swirled following a leak of information from JLo’s current boyfriend, Casper Smart. Now, Us Weekly has officially confirmed that the “On the Floor” singer will be reprising her role as judge on the singing competition series’ panel. Fox has yet to make their own announcement. Jennifer Lopez joins returning judge Keith Urban.

Viewer reactions to the announcement seem to be mixed at best. Some longtime fans have missed Lopez’ presence on American Idol. The show’s producers, at one point, even allegedly conspired to replace former Idol 12 judge, Mariah Carey, with Lopez mid-season. Critics, on the other hand, have not been nearly as receptive to a JLO return.

Is the return of Jennifer Lopez enough, in any case, to save a sinking ship?

My personal opinion: Jennifer Lopez, to me, seemed to love the job but not the work. Meaning, I think the draw of stepping into the spotlight of a hit television show, glammed up beyond belief, twice a week was sorely missed. I don’t believe that Jennifer Lopez cares so much, on the other hand, about fostering young talent. (If you had to take a guess, do you think JLo bought any album by Scotty, Lauren, Haley, James, Colton, Jessica, Phillip..? I’d guess no.) I saw Mariah Carey as an example of the opposite. I think she was the kind of diva who enjoyed working with new talent but loathed the actual Idol judging job.

JLo, if Us Weekly is correct in their confirmation, please bring your A-game.

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elementalman
elementalman

So Jennifer Hudson is not a judge anymore or we just completely forgot about her?

Nancy Cerutti
Nancy Cerutti

Awww, I liked her as a judge! Especially after the disastrous past season, I appreciate her even more! Hope Keith Urban comes back - I thought he was an awesome judge!

Kariann Hopes
Kariann Hopes

Maybe she'll be more informed this time as to how to become a great judge! I have accepted that she's coming back.

khaleesi
khaleesi

she needs the job for the exposure alone...she knows her careeris dwindling again..

IdleTime
IdleTime

I think we all take the judges' role too seriously.  Most casual viewers not so much.  They just want to have a likable panel with good chemistry.  Is JLo a good judge who gives good advice?  Irrelevant.  She's charismatic and telegenic and non-threatening.  She's good TV.  Just like Steven Tyler was.

The only judge whose opinions are respected was the old Simon Cowell (up to AI S8).  But it's his personality that what made him and the show popular.

It's actually better for AI to get Jennifer and Keith back to the panel, rather than risking on an unproven panel that would provide too much distractions.  Maybe with familiar faces the show can focus on the contestants instead.

prd9601
prd9601

She is a horrible judge. If this is true, you can stick a fork in Idol. The King is dead.

Ellensue Stein
Ellensue Stein

NOOOO....Please say it isn't so! They are really killing this show now. This will be the END of Idol.

Philip Dudley
Philip Dudley

She is a horrible judge. Stick a fork in this once mighty franchise.

Samson58
Samson58

blech...............................