After much speculation, the official statement has come through that Jennifer Lopez will be returning to judge season 11 of American Idol. The Fox Network confirmed today what Ryan Seacrest had been teasing AI fans about via his radio show all last week. To continue in his teasing, he went a head and tweeted the news before Fox had time to make its official statement. Seacrest was quoted saying, “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!”
American Idol’s Executive Producers had a few things to say as well. Show creator Simon Fuller is also quoted saying, ” “Having both Jennifer and Steven return to Idol in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted,”
“I am very pleased to have our panel of judges back for the 11thseason of American Idol. Their chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride.”, added Cecile Frot-Coutaz.
Fox finally did get their statement out to the press via Fox Broadcasting president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnel. He is quoted as saying,“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.”
American Idol Season 11 is scheduled to premiere on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. after the NFC Championship game on Fox.