Ellen DeGeneres is dancing off “American Idol” after one season and Jennifer Lopez is poised to step in.
Lopez is close to signing a deal to join Fox TV’s hit singing contest as a judge, a person familiar with the negotiations said late Thursday. The person, who was not authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.
Actor-singer-dancer Lopez, whose films include “The Back-Up Plan,” has appeared as a mentor on “American Idol.”
Fox declined comment. Phone and e-mail messages for Lopez’s representatives were not immediately returned.
DeGeneres announced earlier Thursday she is leaving the show after one season, following fellow judge Simon Cowell out the door. Fox has yet to announce a replacement for Cowell.
Cowell departed after the season finale in May to start a new talent show for the network. Those under consideration for his spot, according to reports, are a varied group that includes Steven Tyler and Harry Connick Jr.