The executive producer of Fox’s “American Idol” confirmed that the show has secured the services of Jennifer Lopez as a judge for the upcoming season, Reuters reports.
Nigel Lythgoe made the announcement today on a call-in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest."
Lythgoe said via phone, “I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol,’ is back for the next season.” That means Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler will also be back for the new season.
Lythgoe added that the three judges would be traveling to singer auditions in Denver, Houston, St. Louis, Portland, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Charleston for Season 11. The auditions are expected to begin in about two weeks.
Lopez will reportedly make $20 million for the season, a raise from the $12 million she made for the previous run. According to some reports, her big raise has caused some uneasiness for Tyler, who has been said to be angling for a similar pay hike.