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There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the judging panel for the eighth series of ‘American Idol’ recently, but Jennifer Lopez has denied reports that she will replace current judge Paula Abdul. Paula has yet to re-sign her contract amid financial disputes and this has sparked rumours of a superstar replacement.

Reports that J-Lo, who turned 40 last week, was replacing Paula surfaced after she was spotted having dinner with ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest in Los Angeles earlier this month. Ryan told reporters that “Jennifer and Paula would be a hell of a combination” on the show. However, a rep for J-Lo says, “The rumour of Jennifer throwing herself in the ring to take over for Paula is completely false. Jennifer loves ‘Idol’ but just as a fan.”

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