A person familiar with negotiations to bring Jennifer Lopez back as an "American Idol" judge says her return will be announced this week.
The person said Monday that a deal is close to being signed with Lopez,. The person wasn't authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The person says Lopez decided to rejoin the show because its production schedule will allow her to spend more time with her children, 5-year-old twins Emme and Max.
Lopezand a third person who hasn't been announced.
Fox has declined to comment on whether Lopez is joining "American Idol" and did not immediately respond to another request for comment Monday.
Lopez's agent did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
For weeks, reports have suggested that Lopez would be making a return on "Idol." Recently, Lopez's boyfriend, Casper Smart, answered "yes" when E! News asked whether she would be heading back to the show.