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Jennifer Lopez Expected to Judge on ‘Idol,’ Kanye West is Not

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It looks like Jennifer Lopez is in and Kanye West is out at American Idol.

Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart sort of let slip out that Jennifer would be returning as a judge to American Idol, but nobody knew for sure if what he said was legit.  It looks like it was.

A source in the know has told EW that Jennifer’s deal to return to Idol is almost done and should be announced this week.

That same source says that Jennifer, who was a judge on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of Idol decided to make a return because it’ll giver her more time with her kids Max and Emme.

We already know that Keith Urban will return this season, but one person who won’t be judging contestants is Kanye West.

According to Us Weekly, Kanye was offered the third spot on the judges team this year but according to a source, Kanye took a pass, because he was worried it would make him seem too “mainstream,” and hurt his “street cred.”

The source claims that in addition to Kanye, the producers were also considering Sean “Diddy” Combs and super-producer Rodney Jerkins, as well as will.i.am. 

Who would you like to see as the third judge on American Idol? I think Harry Connick Jr. would make an excellent judge.

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