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Jennifer Lopez: Leaving 'American Idol' or stalling for more money?

Jennifer Lopez has not signed on for a third season on American Idol. Her children, a world concert tour, are cited as why she might leave. Is Jennifer Lopez too busy or negotiating for more than $20 million a year.

Cast member Jennifer Lopez poses at the Los Angeles premiere of the film "What to Expect When You're Expecting," Monday, in Los Angeles. The film will be released in theaters on May 18. Lopez is also a mother and a judgeon "American Idol."

(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

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 The search for "The X Factor's" new judges ended earlier this week, but the search for a new "American Idol" judge may be just beginning, if there's any truth to rumors that second-year judge Jennifer Lopez is looking to leave the show.

Lopez's one-year contract for $20 million is up after this season and she has not yet signed for a third season.

The singer is touring with Enrique Iglesias in the US and Latin America this summer and there are reports of a world tour after that. She also reportedly wants to spend more time with her children.

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This could just be part of a negotiating tactic, of course. While it's preferable for the network to have next season's contracts squared away before the upfront presentation (which was Monday for Fox), Lopez didn't re-sign with "Idol" last year until August. And though network execs reportedly wanted her for a multi-year contract, like that of her fellow judge Steven Tyler, she only signed for one year and got a hefty pay bump (from $12 million to $20 million).


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