An insider who is familiar with the negotiations going on to bring Jennifer Lopez back on the judge’s panel for the hit reality show ‘American Idol’ said that her return is imminent and will be announced this week.

Deal Close to being signed

lopezThe person on Monday said that the deal is quite close to being signed with Lopez who had judged the show during the 2011 and 2012 season too. The said individual was not authorized to speak about the deal and commented on it only on the strict condition of anonymity.

The person added that the reason behind Lopez agreeing to be a part of ‘Idol’ was that its production schedule allowed her to give some more time to her children, Emme and Max, the five-year-old twins.

Keith Urban is the other confirmed judge on the ‘Idol’ and a third is yet to be announced. Fox has however declined to comment on the status of its deal with Lopez.