Jennifer Lopez & Will.i.am A Lock To Be ‘American Idol’ Judges Next Season

Mon, August 5, 2013 9:30pm EDT by 30 Comments
Will.i.am Jennifer Lopez Judging American Idol
Courtesy of Vogue/Will.i.am

The new judging panel for ‘American Idol’ is shaping up fantastically, and negotiations for JLo and Will.i.am are going so strong that FOX anticipates locking down the two stars for next season’s show very soon, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned.

Out with the old and in with the new….ish American Idol panel, which is a mix of past judges and at least one fresh new face. Also, AI bids a not-so-tearful goodbye to Nicki Minaj, who was a major headache for the cast and crew last year. Read on to find out all the dirt on what’s next for the hit show!

Jennifer Lopez Judging ‘American Idol’ Alongside Will.i.am?

“Everything you have heard about JLo and the other judges who are being considered is true,” a source close to the show tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

“She [Jennifer] is looking to sign her deal hopefully by the end of the month,” the source adds. “It’s going through lawyers, and specifics are being hashed out and details are being covered, but its a virtual lock at this point.”

Our sister site, Deadline, also confirms that JLo has reached an agreement with Fox, adding that an announcement will be made in the next week or two. There aren’t many details about the deal yet, but JLo’s paycheck could be around $15 million, according to Deadline.

This is so exciting! JLo, who was on American Idol from 2010 to 2012, is a fair but honest judge — plus, her return means more fabulous outfits, hair and makeup!

Now that JLo is confirmed to be back on the show, that leaves one spot open for a new judge to join her and a returning Keith Urban — and that will be former Idol mentor Will.i.am, our source reveals!

“Will.i.am is putting the finishing touches on his deal as well,” the source says. “They are looking to make a splashy announcement once the fall season of their other shows is released. They are carefully building this next American Idol to be a brand new kick in the a** that the show needs.”

Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to, and Will.i.am will definitely keep the contestants on their toes!

FOX Is Happy That Nicki Minaj Is Leaving ‘American Idol’

Will JLo and Will.i.am be able to save the show, which struggled last year with a less-than-stellar judging group that included the volatile Miss Minaj? Well, it couldn’t be any worse, our source tells us.

“Everyone from the cast and crew is happy that they don’t have to deal with Nicki Minaj. She was a nightmare,” our source reveals.

Although American Idol loves a little drama, apparently Nicki was not what they had in mind. So will this eclectic new group work out? Only time will tell, and our fingers are crossed. Good luck — we’ll be watching!

So HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see Will.i.am join JLo and Keith Urban on next season’s American Idol? Let us know!

– Russ Weakland

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R.LeBreton

Posted at 12:43 PM on May 8, 2014  

I always admirer you but in American Idol you are playing favoritism. I realize that teenager need all the positive attitude but you went a little bit too far. I always thought that judges are too remain bias. You are playing with the fan too vote on your favorite. I don’t buy it I would like the best singer to win.

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:56 PM on September 12, 2013  

oh even better. Scotty Mccreery, Kris Allen and Carrie Underwood, maybe Kelly Pickler

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:54 PM on September 12, 2013  

Get a backstreet Boys, an Nsync guy, Someone from 98 degrees and A New Kid that would Rock

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:55 PM on September 12, 2013  

Nick carter, Justin Timberlake, Jeff Timmons, and Joey McEntyre

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:48 PM on September 12, 2013  

I have alot of great people who would be a great American Idol judge
1. Steven Curtis Chapman
2. TOBY MAC
3. Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys
4. Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys
5. Selena Gomez

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Bennym6

Posted at 6:35 PM on August 24, 2013  

Lest face it nicki minaj is better than jLo at jadging.why is she reterning on idol the show will be borring.nicki is the best than jLo.

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Deb

Posted at 4:57 PM on September 7, 2013  

From what I see, You may have a few issues yourself. LOL. Jennifer bring it on I,m so excited we stopped watching it last year, it’s one of the programs we love and gamble on! Haaa haaaa no really. Wish the idol was on two to three times a week instead of all this other crap!

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:51 PM on September 12, 2013  

nikki minaja sucks, she really brought down the shows ratings, the lowest in idol history

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jess

Posted at 8:57 AM on August 23, 2013  

i am so happy with the judge choice this year, nicki needed to go!!

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Penny

Posted at 11:47 AM on August 18, 2013  

Bringing Jennifer Lopez back as a judge will END my American Idol watching and I have watched it since season one.. She requires too much attention and is not fair with the young and good looking women.

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:52 PM on September 12, 2013  

I agree 1000% bye bye bye Idol one less job Ryan Seacreast will have

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sandy

Posted at 11:55 PM on August 15, 2013  

THANK GOD NIKKI IS GONE!!!!! WOOO HOO!!

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Nicole Marie

Posted at 12:51 PM on September 12, 2013  

AMEN to that :)

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hey

Posted at 7:40 AM on August 10, 2013  

i dont care about what people say! JLo is JLo and I’ll support her in everything she does!

so people should, gtfo because Jennifer Lopez is NOT doing anything wrong to YOU! so leave the woman alone! she has fans supporting her and haters can sit the freak down. bye

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Nack

Posted at 10:17 AM on August 7, 2013  

This is probably going to be their last year with these choices.

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zenobia jones

Posted at 10:11 AM on August 7, 2013  

It is time for American Idol to sign off. Jlo will have another chance to keep herself revelant. She has no talent. all she has going for her is her hot outfits, young boytoys and her posterior. But now in this society, that is all it takes. Well, at least we will have keith urban and Will i. am that have talent and can spot talent.

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Sweetfour

Posted at 12:20 AM on August 7, 2013  

Good Bye American Idol !

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Kim

Posted at 5:56 PM on August 30, 2013  

if you loved the show when mariah and nicki were judges so you suck and you opinion doesn’t worth and AI doesn’t need stupid viewers
if you think Jennifer hasn’t to come back so you are against almost all of viewers.just read comments in youtube and facebook on AI own page.

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J. Mannio

Posted at 12:13 AM on August 7, 2013  

Jennifer Lopez loves to hear herself talk…she rambles when she critiques an artist and doesn’t let the other judges talk…not a good idea.

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Elena

Posted at 11:49 PM on August 6, 2013  

JLo will kill the show and it’s already on life support, lol! A talent-less diva who only cares to promote herself and her sorry projects. AI producers are making a huge mistake

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Taylor

Posted at 5:32 PM on August 30, 2013  

shut up.
talentless ?
sorry projects?
you are insane
she is one of the best srtist alive and that why almost all of viewers want her comeback

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Biff Waldo

Posted at 1:31 AM on September 3, 2013  

J’lo one of the best artists alive? Did they kill the all the others? I missed that. She’s a good dancer and an OK singer. And extremely beautiful. Better actress then “artist”.

 
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Rose

Posted at 11:44 PM on August 6, 2013  

I absolutely love Jlo , very happy to see her coming back as America Idol judge, she is the best judge ever. Will not miss a show.

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Priscilla

Posted at 11:29 AM on August 6, 2013  

Jlo is so annoying

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Sara

Posted at 12:44 AM on August 6, 2013  

Can’t wait to see jennifer as a judge again.enjoy her judgment,performances,beauty,personality and everything.
Love her ♥

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abe

Posted at 12:21 AM on August 6, 2013  

so they need ladies now who don’t have periods any longer due to their age.

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Jeni

Posted at 6:26 PM on August 19, 2013  

Bring back Steven Tyler

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Biff Waldo

Posted at 1:41 AM on September 3, 2013  

Funny but seems to be the thing so why not. The fat white girls can get some black snake cause the hot ones want that star money…White guys just want to bone one not date one.

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Scott Leigh

Posted at 11:05 PM on September 5, 2013  

Biff Waldo….can you write a sentence that makes any sense?? You are in illiterate person! If you need help in any way, please let me know. I have a book from when I first joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1980 (writing and punctuation for professional people) that I can send you if you want to make any sense to the rest of civilization.

Respectfully

Scott Leigh
Sgt Maj USMC

 
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