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Producer: Jennifer Lopez returning to 'American Idol'

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We all know she’s coming back, but here’s yet another indication that she really is, indeed, coming back. American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told host Ryan Seacrest’s radio audience that Jennifer Lopez will return as a judge next season.

“Do you want to do the Jennifer announcement here or are we still waiting?” Seacrest asked Lythgoe.

The producer replied: “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.” 

As Lythgoe noted, this isn’t official until Fox says it’s official and the network as of a couple minutes ago still has “no comment” on the matter. Randy Jackson and Steve Tyler already had deals for another season.

The relationship between Idol and Lopez has been very mutually beneficial, with Lopez often considered the most popular new addition to the show’s judging team and the singer’s profile and record sales having climbed from being on the show. But figuring out Lopez’s deal has dragged on for weeks. While there’s been several premature “Lopez is coming back!” stories out there, coming from a producer on the host’s radio show makes this report the most credible yet. Season 11 has the team hitting the road to hear auditions in 11 audition cities.

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Originally posted August 10 2011 — 12:55 PM EDT

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