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Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson All on Board for ‘American Idol’ Season 11

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The judge’s panel on ‘American Idol‘ will remain in tact for Season 11! Producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed to show host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show that the “holdout” Jennifer Lopez would be returning to ‘American Idol’ as a judge for her second season in a row.

While co-judges Steven Tyler (also new to the show last year) and OG judge Randy Jackson were already committed to Season 11, Lopez was a bit of a holdout, being vocal in the press about her busy schedule, with her own Latin-themed talent reality show in the works and her twins, and the grueling ‘Idol’ season making things questionable. When her marriage to Marc Anthony imploded, it left ‘Idol’ watchers wondering if J. Lo would choose not to return!

Turns out Lythgoe lured her back. He said, “I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol’ are back for the next season.”

Maybe “lured” isn’t the right word in this case, as La Lopez reportedly got a whopper of a raise to come back. TMZ reports she has been bumped from an already massive $12 million salary to $20 million. They say when a door closes (like the one that is her marriage), a window opens (like her huge pay day for ‘Idol), so J. Lo has plenty of reasons to smile, as she has been blessed with plenty of good fortune.

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