Fox Hoping To Have All 'Idol' Judges Return

Network says all but Lopez already locked in for next season, hoping she'll re-up as well

Fox brass said Monday morning they hope to have all of the current American Idol judges returning next season, with all but Jennifer Lopez already wrapped up with multi-year deals.

"Everyone has multiple year contracts; Jennifer had single year contract, we loved having her, the hope and expectation is she'll return," said Fox chief Peter Rice.

If she re-ups, Lopez would rejoin current judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, a trip that has helped the show with a successful reboot after the departure of star judge Simon Cowell, who shifts to Fox's X-Factor this fall.