Will Jennifer Lopez Replace Paula Abdul On “American Idol?”

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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