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Jun132013

Source: Jennifer Lopez’s 'American Idol' Return Is 'Not Happening'

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Is Jennifer Lopez returning to American Idol?  There have been rumors that she would return, but a source tells E! Online, “It’s not happening.”

Still, Lopez isn't denying the rumors.  When asked about returning to Idol during an appearance this week on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, she replied, "I don’t know.  We will see.  I’m always open to the infinite possibilities that the universe has to offer.  So you never know.”

E! has reported that Jennifer Hudson has signed on to be a judge next season, fueling rumors that Fox is thinking of filling the judges' panel with American Idol alums.  Other names in the mix include Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken.

However, another source tells E! those plans have “grinded to a halt” now that Swedish American Idol executive producer Per Blankens has been brought in to replace longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick.

Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have already announced they won’t be back as judges, and Keith Urban says his future with the show is up in the air.

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