‘American Idol’s’ back-up plan with Jennifer Lopez not ready for delivery

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We know that Jennifer Lopez’s love don’t cost a thing, but getting her to join ‘American Idol’ definitely does.

Reports that the singer-dancer-actress’ deal to join the judge’s panel next season is done are premature, according to two insiders close to the show. Fox has a deal ‘in principle’ with Lopez but she has not signed on the dotted line.

What’s the delay? Her representatives are trying to sweeten the deal with other perks which could include a development deal with the television and movie empire.


It’s not all about incentives for Lopez. Her camp also wants to wait to gauge the public’s reaction to news that she is in line to become a judge on America’s most popular television show.

Although Fox executives would ideally like to present their new ‘Idol’ panel to reporters on Monday at press tour, that’s not going to happen. In fact, network sources told the Times Friday afternoon that there will be no ‘Idol’ announcements on Monday.

Lopez’s publicists have not returned phone calls or e-mails requesting comment.

--Joe Flint and Maria Elena Fernandez