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Producer: Jennifer Lopez Confirmed for American Idol Return

Jennifer Lopez.

For the last few weeks, Fox has been negotiating with Jennifer Lopez to return to American Idol next season, and it looks like the issue has finally been put to rest. While interviewing producer Nigel Lythgoe on his radio show today, Ryan Seacrest teased, "Do you want to do the Jennifer announcement here or are we still waiting?" Replied Lythgoe, "I believe we’re still waiting for the official announcements, but I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of American Idol, is back for the next season." Fox refused to confirm the story, but expect a statement from the network shortly. Yet to be determined: Who will help the contestants with their inner-ear problems now that Marc Anthony is out of the picture? [Inside TV/EW]

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