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Is Jennifer Lopez Already Leaving 'American Idol'?

Jun 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM Chime in now

Is Jennifer Lopez Already Leaving 'American Idol'?


The popular judge admits she's "on the fence" about next season.

TRACEY PEPEY, iVillage.com

Though her one-season stint on American Idol put Jennifer Lopez back into the spotlight (and on to the cover of People's Most Beautiful issue), the singer/dancer/actress says she's not sure if she'll be returning for the show's eleventh season.

"I don't know," Lopez told BBC Radio, when asked if we'll see on her on the judges' panel again. "I haven't been forced to make a decision and I'm glad about that because honestly I'm very on the fence about it."

The "On the Floor" singer says that there is an intense amount of dedication needed to be apart of Idol, and with other projects in the works, she's not sure if she's going to have the time to put in to the aspiring singers. Recent reports say she may working on her own reality show, where she looks for undiscovered singers in Latin America.

"You get to know them," she said. "You get to know their hopes and their dreams on camera, off camera. You're helping them off camera, you're helping them on camera and it's this crazy ride you go on together."

Lopez, 41, joined the Idol revamp last season, along with new judge Steven Tyler and veteran Randy Jackson, and the new combination seemed to work. The judges had chemistry, star power, and an entertaining quality that gave the FOX show another successful season. But it sounds like Lopez may want to spend some time concentrating on her own career in the near future.

"I had an amazing time doing it and I love it but I have a lot of other things happening," she says. "It's going to come down to me making a choice of what I want to do for the next year."

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