American Idol Season 10 judge Jennifer Lopez will return to American Idol for the 2012 show, but not without a big raise.
While specific details have not yet been announced, there was plenty of speculation that Ms. Lopez was not willing to come back for the pittance ($12 million in pittances, to be exact) that she was paid for Season 10 . . . . And really who could blame her? She is soon to become a single mother with a divorce from Mark Anthony pending.
So the negotiations dance began. American Idol producers made it clear that they would love her to return. Lopez claimed that while she really enjoyed judging, she needed to explore her options before committing. Interestingly enough, Jennifer Lopez would have far fewer options to consider if it weren't for American Idol; her flailing career was revitalized when she signed on for Season 10. In addition to being named People's "most beautiful woman" in 2011, JLo also used the American Idol stage to promote her new album Love? and the movie deals soon followed; Ice Age 4, What to Expect When You're Expecting, and Parker.