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Jennifer Lopez in Talks With Ryan Seacrest to Return to ‘American Idol’

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Sounds like there may be two Jennifers on the ‘American Idol‘ panel this fall. Jennifer Hudson reportedly signed on to judge the somewhat struggling Fox juggernaut, and now former judge Jennifer Lopez may be rejoining the judges’ table.

Radar Online reports that Lopez and her management have been in talks with ‘Idol’ producers since before Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj even announced their exits from the show — and she was spotted with Ryan Seacrest this week, adding fuel to the rumors of a return.

“Benny [Medina, Lopez’s manager] told Fox that she does indeed want to return,” a source revealed. “They’re talking. Negotiations are in their infant stages, but they’re underway to get her back to the judges’ table.”

Sources say that Lopez is eager to join the ‘Idol’ panel because of the stability it would provide for her twins, Max and Emme. “The twins will enter kindergarten in the Fall and stability is important for them –- and J. Lo -– at this time,” an insider said. “She’s looking for possible schools for the kids in Los Angeles at the moment.”

The source added, “If she’s living in L.A. full-time she will be able to focus on her film career and other ventures, including her fashion business.”

Lopez said last month that she had a “gut feeling” that a return to ‘Idol’ was imminent, telling ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ “That door’s not closed. I know I love the show and I had a great time on it, but the honest truth is I really don’t know what my plans are … I still enjoy the show, I still enjoy seeing those singers take that journey. For me, that’s the real heart of that show.”

Read? Don’t expect any catfights from this diva!

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