jennifer lopez performs american idol Jennifer Lopez returning to 'American Idol' to perform for the finale   reportThe reports that “American Idol” is welcoming former judge Jennifer Lopez back may be right — in that she may be coming back to perform for the finale.

A source tells E! Online that Lopez will perform for the finale of “Idol” Season 12, though there is no word as to whether it will be on night one or night two. The two-part finale airs May 15 and 16 on FOX.

Previous rumors had J-Lo returning as a judge, replacing Mariah Carey and/or Nicki Minaj on the current panel, but “Idol” has staunchly denied those rumors.

Lopez previously performed on “Idol” both season that she was a judge. She and Pitbull performed “On the Floor” during a results show in 2011, then later that year she performed with then-husband Marc Anthony for the Season 10 finale. J-Lo also performed “Dance Again” in 2012.  Are you excited to see her return to the “Idol” stage?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."