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Following a successful first season on American Idol, judge Jennifer Lopez is revealing she is uncertain about a return to the show next season.

After Wednesday’s finale, Jlo, 41, refused to confirm whether she would sign on for the upcoming 11th season of the show.

“It’s too early to tell,” said Jennifer, who is believed to be in contract negotiations with FOX. Unlike her fellow judges, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler who have multi-year deals with FOX, Jennifer only signed a one year contract for a reported $12 million.

It however seems the FOX network would love to have Jlo back on. “Everyone has multiple-year contracts. Jennifer had [a] single-year contract. We loved having her — the hope and expectation is she’ll return,” FOX chief Peter Rice said earlier this week.

This is all likely a negotiation ploy for Jennifer, who is said to have earned significantly less money from the show than Randy and Steven. Steven reportedly raked in $18 million for his first season alone.

Meanwhile, following the kiss seen around the world during the Idol finale on Wednesday, new winner Scotty McCreery is now responding to the rumors that he is romantically involved with runner-up Lauren Alaina, 16.

So are they an item? “Oh no,” Scotty, 17, said during a conference call on Thursday. “We’ve been getting that question all morning. Me and her – it’s a brother-and-sister relationship.”

So what was up with the kiss? “She told me before the show she was going to [kiss me],” he said. “It was kind of like a joke. She’s a character.” Scotty also added, “We are really close friends. I met her on day one of Hollywood Week.” So there you have it folks! They are just “really close friends.”

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Even though Paula Abdul is leaving the show, American Idol will still have four judges, Fox chairman Peter Rice told the FOX Television Critics Association on Thursday.

“There is going to be a search,” he said. The search is for a permanent replacement, while there will be guest judges taking her place during the auditions.

According to Peter, the producers “were hoping” Abdul would come back. “We love Paula. She’s been a really wonderful part of the show for eight years.”

Sources say that Paula asked for a $20 million deal which producers were unwilling to meet. She also rejected a thirty percent raise.

According to FOX, guest judges including Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi in the seven weeks of audition rounds, which starts Friday in Denver.

“We’ll have these guest judges do one week each during the audition [period]… there is no thought right now that any of these judges will be long term judge for us,” Rice said. “All of the people we are talking to have successful careers. I don’t even think they’d be available to judge full-time. We have now until January to introduce a new energy to the panel.”

There are also rumors that Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is being considered as a judge, but those are simply rumors for now.

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