‘American Idol’ Expands Its Search, J.Lo Back in the Game?

Former 'Idol' Judge Simon Cowell (Photo: Mario Anzuoni)

Former 'Idol' Judge Simon Cowell (Photo: Mario Anzuoni)

UPDATE: TMZ is reporting that Jennifer Lopez is in the final stages of sealing the deal to become a new ‘American Idol’ judge.

A long-rumored frontrunner to replace Simon Cowell, Lopez was allegedly dropped from negotiations with Fox for being “too demanding,” but now it looks like talks have resumed and a deal is “imminent.”

LOS ANGELES – ‘American Idol‘ is expanding the talent search for its next season with an audition in Los Angeles later this month.

The hit Fox TV singing contest had announced tryouts in six cities, wrapping in San Francisco in August.

An ‘American Idol’ producer said Thursday the Los Angeles audition is a response to the impressive turnout at those tryouts.

The Sept. 22 audition in Los Angeles also gives ‘American Idol’ breathing room as it fills openings left by the departure of judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres.

Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are the reported frontrunners. The show returns in January.

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