07:17 AM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 09/04/2013 07:00PM
Jennifer Lopez is happy to be back in her seat on American Idol's judges' panel.
"I love this show and I'm glad to be back," the singer and actress said Wednesday at a press conference in Boston, where she appeared alongside her co-judges, newbie Harry Connick Jr. and veteran Keith Urban, for their first stop of season 13.
"Last year I went off and toured the whole world for the first time," Lopez, 44, added. "It wasn't the easiest thing to fit in this season of Idol, but I do love it so much ... I did miss it."
Originally posted 09/03/2013 11:00AM
Jenny's back on the block at American Idol and she'll have a new neighbor.
"It was so hard for me to leave the first time," says Jennifer Lopez of her return as a judge, adding it also won't be easy coming back because of her busy schedule.
"To be honest right now is the worst time for me to stop and do Idol," she tells the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, on his radio show Tuesday. "I’m doing two movies and I have my album coming out, but I’m doing it because I want to. I love it."
Originally posted 08/06/2013 12:05PM
Clay Aiken is letting his colors show.
The former American Idol finalist, 34, could be mistaken for a walking rainbow in a photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse, a local theater in Maine. The vibrant shot promotes Aiken's lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical.
With wavy hair past his shoulders, a wide-eyed Aiken flashes a grin in the image.
Originally posted 08/01/2013 04:30PM
Though the end of American Idol's twelfth season brought a swath of high-profile departures, there will be at least one familiar face on the judges panel: Keith Urban.
"Thrilled to be back on @AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!!!!" the country star, 45, Tweeted.
Earlier in the day, PEOPLE broke the news that another Idol alum –Jennifer Lopez– is "very close" to returning as well, according to a source very near to the star. "She couldn't return last year because she had committed to a world tour," the source said.
Originally posted 08/01/2013 02:00PM
PEOPLE has learned that superstar singer Jennifer Lopez is "very close to signing a deal with Fox to return to American Idol next season," according to a source very near to the star.
"Both Fox and Jennifer are very happy about this and want it to happen very much," the source adds.
As for recent reports that Lopez was shunned by The Voice as a judge and a performer, the source says the rumors are false.
Originally posted 07/30/2013 11:00PM
The singer-songwriter and wife Katy welcomed son Oliver Neil on Tuesday
Originally posted 07/11/2013 11:05AM
Candice Glover may have recently won American Idol, but she has also lost something, too – 30 lbs.!
"Over the course of the show, from January to May, I probably dropped 20 lbs. And I've lost about 10 more since the finale," Glover, 23, told PEOPLE Tuesday while rehearsing for the American Idol Live! 2013 Tour.
"It is always good to be healthy, so I am happy about it."
Originally posted 07/01/2013 09:00AM
Ruben Studdard has already won the title of American Idol. Now he may become The Biggest Loser.
The "Velvet Teddy Bear," who won season 2 of the Fox singing competition in 2003, will compete on the NBC weight loss show as he attempts to battle his obesity – a task he has attempted previously with limited success.
"I was losing weight, but I was exhausted. It was making me sick," the 35-year-old told PEOPLE in 2006 after attempting an intense workout regimen on about 1,200 calories a day with trainer Gunnar Peterson. "I'm a big man. There was no way to do those workouts on that amount of food, so everything was contradicting itself."
Originally posted 06/01/2013 08:15PM
Surrounded by friends and family, American Idol finalists Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo were married Saturday evening at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel in Los Angeles, PEOPLE confirms.
"Today was the best day of my life," Young, 32, tells PEOPLE. "Diana and I are in it forever. She's my best friend."
DeGarmo, 25, wore a form-fitting Sareh Nouri gown with pearls and rhinestones.
Originally posted 05/31/2013 10:20AM
Will Keith Urban remain the last judge standing on American Idol? Or will Fox replace its entire lineup for an all-new panel of judges? What exactly will happen next season?
Until Urban's fate is announced, speculation persists on who will replace Randy Jackson, who announced his departure after 12 seasons on the show, as well as the latest stars to exit, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
After fun and dramatic seasons with the likes of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul and the ever-so blunt Simon Cowell, the possibilities are endless about which star could energize Idol as the show competes with a growing number of singing contests, including NBC's The Voice, amid criticism and falling ratings.
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