J-Lo Joins “American Idol” Guessing Game

And now it’s J-Lo. The guess-the-next-American-Idol-judge game continued on Thursday, with Jennifer Lopez becoming the latest name to join the long list of possible members of the show’s judging panel.

Lopez’s name popped out the same day that Ellen DeGeneres announced that she would not be returning for the coming season of the talent search, which had been in the lookout for a new judge following the departure of Simon Cowell. With DeGeneres’ recent decision, the show’s producers must now pick at least two new faces to occupy the judges’ booth.

A source told the Associated Press that Lopez has the inside track on one of the two judges’ slots. However, reps for Lopez and Fox, which carries the show, have yet to comment about the purported deal.

The tenth season of the show has started its auditions, with filming for episodes that would feature the judging panel set to begin in September. Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi are the only remaining judges as of the moment. However, there is no word yet if DioGuardi will return as she is not under contract for the tenth season, which would begin airing in January 2011.