American Idol Update: Keith Urban In, Jennifer Lopez Close to Return

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Are you ready to welcome Jennifer Lopez back to the judges' table, American Idol fans?

Following a dismally rated season - and amidst talk that Adam Lambert or Kelly Clarkson will be joining Jennifer Hudson as a panelist in 2014 - an insider tells People that Lopez  is "very close" to signing a new deal with the show.

Hi, Jennifer Lopez!

Both Fox and the artist want a contract to "happen very much," the source adds, explaining why J. Lo took last season off:

"She had committed to a world tour. But now that the tour is over, she has more time to raise her family, do movies and pursue television projects."

And the schedule of an American Idol judge reportedly fits the star's plans perfectly.

Coming off such a disappointing season, Fox has cleared house at the competition. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson are all out as judges. Even Nigel Lythgoe has been let go as producer.

Is Lopez the answer to this program's rating prayers? Do you want to see her return?

UPDATE: Keith Urban WILL be returning to Idol! Fox President Kevin Reilly made the announcement this afternoon.

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The Bronx, New York
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Jennifer Lopez