Jennifer Lopez is denying reports that she’s in the running to replace judge Paula Abdul on American Idol. The “Forever Your Girl” singer still has yet to sign a contract with producers to return to the judge’s table for the upcoming ninth season of FOX’s ratings juggernaught.

A rep for the star — who turned 40 on Friday — tells PEOPLE: “The rumor of Jennifer Lopez throwing herself in the ring to take over for Paula Abdul is completely false. Jennifer loves Idol but just as a fan. She just wrapped the feature film The Back-Up Plan, due out January 2010, and will release an album then as well.”

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