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Jennifer Lopez officially confirmed for next season’s “American Idol”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jennifer Lopez officially is returning to the judge’s table on “American Idol” next season.

The news was confirmed by FOX this morning, avoiding another potential casting headache and allowing the reality singing juggernaut to build on the chemistry established between Lopez, Randy Jackson and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler last season.

Ryan Seacrest broke the news on Twitter, stating, “We are back…On idol set in Savannah Ga with all the judges! Jen steven and randy..It’s like the first day off school!”

But FOX quickly followed up with a statement. Fox Broadcasting president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell said, “From the very first day of auditions, we knew we had something special in our new judges panel, and we’re so happy that America felt that way, too. Together with Ryan – who is fantastic day in and day out – they built an incredible connection with both the contestants and our viewers, and I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome them all back to Idol for another season.”

The 11th season of “Idol” begins on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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