Jennifer Lopez Returning to 'American Idol,' Producer Confirms
Though Jennifer Lopez has yet to make it official, 'American Idol' executive producer Nigel Lythgoe went ahead and confirmed Wednesday (Aug. 10) that "all three judges" will be returning to the top-rated talent show for season 11.
"Do you want to do the Jennifer announcement here or are we still waiting?" Ryan Seacrest asked on his radio show, "On Air With Ryan Secrest."
"I believe we are still waiting for the official announcement," Lythgoe responded. "But I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of 'American Idol,' is back for the next season."
He is referring to Lopez, whose contract for the show has been the source of much speculation, along with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and longtime judge Randy Jackson.
Fox has issued a "no comment" response to Lythgoe's bean-spilling.
Lythgoe told "On Air With Ryan Secrest" listeners that the "AI" machine will soon be bringing audition sessions to Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, Portland, OR, San Diego and St. Louis.
It was reported in recent weeks that Lopez negotiated a large pay raise -- from $12-20 million -- in return for another season.