Jennifer Lopez Heads Back to the 'Idol' Panel for Another Year

Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:32am EDT

Rest easy, "Idol" fans -- Jennifer Lopez is definitely coming back to "American Idol" for a second season.

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Series executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed Lopez's return on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Wednesday morning. During a phone call to the show, Lythgoe settled the speculation, confirming, "I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol’ is back for the next season.”

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Seacrest later noted on his Twitter account that auditions with all three judges would begin "in a couple of weeks."

While Lythgoe was the first person to make Lopez's return official, TheWrap reported last week that the "Love?" singer had re-upped as a judge for the series for a princess-ly sum of just over $20 million -- a significant pay raise over the $12 million that she'd previously taken in.

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But while Lopez might be locked back in, there may be trouble brewing with co-judge Steven Tyler. The Aerosmith frontman -- who signed on for two seasons last year -- is reportedly grousing over his relatively skimpy paycheck now, and is angling for a similar raise.

 

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