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JLo replacing Ellen DeGeneres on American Idol

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New York, (ANI): Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly set to take up the role of a judge on 'American Idol" by replacing Ellen DeGeneres.

Lopez is close to signing a deal to join Fox TV's hit singing contest, a person familiar with the negotiations said, reports the New York Daily News. DeGeneres will leave the Fox talent show immediately, opting out of a four-year contract.

"A couple months ago, I let Fox and the 'American Idol" producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for me," DeGeneres said in a statement. The 52-year-old wrote on her Twitter account, "Dim the lights. ... I've voted myself off 'American Idol.""

Tryouts for season 10 of the singing reality show began July 17 in Nashville.

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