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Published:September 14th, 2010 16:04 EST
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Jennifer Lopez Inks $12 Million Deal To Become American Idol Judge

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A month after the singer-actress`s initial deal with American Idol fell apart - thanks, in part, to demands that had gotten `out of hand,` according to a source - Lopez will after all be joining the judging panel for the show`s upcoming 10th season, sources tell PEOPLE.

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Lopez`s $12 million contract, which was first reported by, comes two weeks after DioGuardi confirmed she was leaving the show, following in the footsteps of both Simon Cowell and new judge Ellen DeGeneres.

According to the report, Lopez was hoping for movie and TV development deals to accompany and even larger Idol salary as well as input about her new co-judges, but Fox made no commitments and she settled for a cool $12."

There is no truth to the report that a cool million will be dedicated to building a custom-fit chair with a seat big enough to accommodate Jennifer`s huge butt.

Jennifer Lopez has an ego as big as Simon Cowell`s, but will she be as big a hit as him? Time will tell!

Lopez will be a quantum leap improvement over Ellen DeGeneres. If J Lo`s talent as a judge is somewhere in between Cowell and DeGeneres the producers of American Idol will be satisfied.

This is a smart move for Lopez, she hasn`t hat a hit movie or album in years. The exposure from American Idol may result in an increase in CD sales for the pop diva.

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