Aug. 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM ET
If the executive producer says it's happening, it must be true: Jennifer Lopez will be back in her judging chair when "American Idol" returns next season.
“I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol,’ is back for the next season,” the show's executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Wednesday. That means Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler are all on board, and naturally, so is Seacrest.
Earlier, all signs seemed to indicate that Lopez, the lone holdout, would be re-joining the show. Cécile Frot-Coutaz, the CEO of the company that produces “Idol,” FreemantleMedia North America, told the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, "We’re in good shape. No worries. No dark clouds on the horizon.”
This is fantastic news for the show, as the Tyler-Jackson-Lopez combination seems to be a winning one: "American Idol" was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards. It's also fantastic news for Lopez, who is said to be looking at a Simon Cowell-like payday for her return.
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