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Aug172011

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson Returning to 'Idol'

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's official: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will all be back for the 11th season of American Idol.

In a statement issed Wednesday, Simon Fuller, the creator and executive producer of the Fox show, said, "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."  

Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz added, "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."

Jennifer Lopez had at first been coy about whether or not she was returning to the show, and then rumors swirled that she was getting a massive payday to come back.  That led to rumors that a jealous Tyler wanted to renegotiate his own deal.  Of course, financial details of the two stars' returns have not been made public.

The show’s 11th season debuts on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m ET.   

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