Jennifer Lopez and FOX have agreed that she will return to American Idol in a deal that will make her one of the highest paid judges in reality television.
J.LO’s one-year deal with Idol will be worth at least $15 million PLUS bonuses – it’s the same amount Britney Spears signed up to The X Factor for but just shy of the $18 million that Mariah Carey made for her one season cameo on Idol earlier this year with Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
Though it’s less than the $20 million Lopez made on her second season at the judge’s panel, the contract will dwarf the $12 million she earned for debut during season 10.
The return of the Latin superstar is expected to be announced in one to two weeks along along with a return to a three-judge panel that will include country music star Keith Urban and an as yet unsigned third member.
Deadline reported at the weekend that the pop music artist will.i.am was likely to take the third position.