Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly set to take up the role of a judge on ”American Idol’ by replacing Ellen DeGeneres.
Lopez is close to signing a deal to join Fox TV”s hit singing contest, a person familiar with the negotiations said, reports the New York Daily News.
DeGeneres will leave the Fox talent show immediately, opting out of a four-year contract.
“A couple months ago, I let Fox and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn”t feel like the right fit for me,” DeGeneres said in a statement.
The 52-year-old wrote on her Twitter account, “Dim the lights. … I”ve voted myself off ”American Idol.’”
Tryouts for season 10 of the singing reality show began July 17 in Nashville.