Jenny From the Block can now add more 'rocks' to her collection.

MailOnline has learned Jennifer Lopez, 44, is being paid an astounding $17.5m to return to her post as judge on American Idol next season.

'There was a lot of back and forth negotiating on her salary, but now it's finally been settled that Jennifer will earn $17.5m to go back to Idol next season,' a source told MailOnline exclusively.

'It's a major coup for her to land a huge payday like that and I believe she is thrilled with that number. It's a lot more than the $15m Britney Spears was paid to do The X Factor.'

The $17.5m woman! Jennifer Lopez, 44, is getting a hefty pay raise to sit on the judges' panel again for Fox's American Idol, seen here on her second season of the show in 2012

In mid-August there were rumours that Jennifer, the mother of five-year-old twins Max and Emme, was getting a $15m salary for her third season of Idol, but the figure is actually higher.

The $17.5m salary is a big leap from the $12m paycheck J-Lo was handed for her first season of Idol in 2011. For her second season she was given a $3m raise to $15m.

It was reported last year that when Jennifer asked for another $2m raise to come back for her third season the Idol producers refused and she walked.

Steven Tyler made his exit too, although it's not clear if that had to do with salary negotiations.

Steven and J-Lo were replaced by Mariah Carey, who was paid a reported $18m, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Keith is returning next season with former judge Randy Jackson serving as a mentor.

A golden opportunity: Big bucks brought the entertainer back to Idol, where Randy Jackson (right) will serve as a mentor next season, but she won't be sitting next to her old pal Steven Tyler (left)

Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. has signed on to be the third judge on Season 13 of the reality show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 45-year-old was previously on the show as a guest mentor to contestants.

Music producer Dr. Luke was up for the last seat until a conflict of interest between his music label Sony Music and the Idol winners' label Universal Music Group came up in late August.

Next season there will be only three judges, not four like last season. J-Lo is the only female in the lineup because producers reportedly want to avoid the nasty catfights Mariah and Nicki engaged in last season.

And then there were three: Harry Connick Jr. was announced Friday as the third judge on season 13 of American Idol

Last season's regime: (from left to right) Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban failed to boost ratings this year but Urban is giving the gig another go next season

Jennifer's return to Idol isn't a stunning surprise as it's been speculated about for several months.

The actress/singer's dancer boyfriend Casper Smart was the one who confirmed his girlfriend's return to Idol while he was discussing his new talk show with E! news on August 16. Casper simply replied 'yes' when asked if she was coming back.

Auditions for next season of Idol begin this fall and the show airs in January 2014.

Having it all: J-Lo balances her high-profile job on Idol with a full family life that includes boyfriend Casper Smart and twins Max and Emme, 5



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She's used to smouldering in front of the camera, but Cara Delevingne went for a more wacky look when she shared a snap with a fan on Friday.

The model was making her way through the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport when a young girl asked for a picture with the fashionista, wearing some quirky goggle-like sunglasses.

Sticking her tongue, Cara, 20, certainly made sure the fan got a memorable photo to keep.

Strike a pose! Cara Delevingne pulls a funny face in wacky sunglasses as she takes selfie with a fan

Looking ridiculously comfort, Delevingne championed yet again the urban label Trapstar, wearing a long-sleeve black and white varsity shirt with the streetwear label's name running down each arm.

She continued the monotone theme with black jogging bottoms and trainers with a snapback covering her long blonde locks.

The model had just returned from Shanghai where she had been taking part in a new photo shoot for British designer label Burberry.

Urban delight: Cara wore a top from streetwear label Trapstar with jogging bottoms and a snapback

Big push! The waif-like model steered her own luggage trolley out of the London airport, followed by her friends in matching black and white beanie hats

But despite having a fun time in China, obviously Cara couldn't wait to be back in the Big Smoke, and made sure her followers knew about it.

'I am back!! Just wanted to say thank you again!! Still can't believe I have a million followers! Love you all! X' She wrote on Friday night.

Cara has been keeping herself busy over the last few weeks, by not just taking part in various modelling shoots but also nurturing her passion for acting, by filming scenes for new Brit flick Kids In Love.

Why wear one when you can wear two? Cara switches from a black and white 'G4LIFE' beanie to her baseball cap

Delevingne reportedly has a lead role in the Chris Foggin film which she was spotted filming with the rest of the cast - Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian D'Souza, Preston Thompson and Gala Gordon – on Sunday in Notting Hill.

No doubt her public partying ways recommended her for the film which follows young kids going out and boozing in London.

And she certainly did that on Sunday during Notting Hill Carnival where she partied with her co-stars in a floral top and jumped on the back of Will Poulter.

Luxury to leisure: Cara was taking part in a Burberry photo shoot in Shanghai


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She’s braced for a return to The X Factor this Saturday - almost a year after a successful first series that saw her mentor James Arthur to the winner’s crown.

But while that year has brought success, it’s also brought its fair share of heartache for Nicole Scherzinger.

Her split with racing driver Lewis Hamilton in July left her devastated, and she admits she’s struggled to stay focused for the sake of her judging role on the hit show.

Candid: Nicole Scherzinger has opened up the October issue of Glamour about The X Factor, Simon Cowell and her split with racing driver Lewis Hamilton


Speaking exclusively to the October issue of Glamour, she said: ‘It’s these times that build a character. I’ve tried hard to keep it together, for my work.

‘I’m just like every other woman, I’ve had a blanket of tissues over me many a night. Ordered a random, ginormous pizza for myself.

‘In any relationship it’s easy to lose yourself and it’s important to come back to who you are. And you can live your life in freedom and happiness when you’re happy with who you are.

‘I definitely have my dark moments but I wanna be a light. That’s what I strive to be. And really, it’s a choice. And sometimes, when you’re sad, you bring the pizza and you make that choice.’

Staying focused: Nicole admits that her judging role on The X Factor helped her stay focused following her split from Hamilton in July

While there have been disruptions in her personal life, there’s also been significant change on The X Factor.

The departure of Tulisa Contostavlos saw Sharon Osbourne make a return after a six-year hiatus, but Nicole admits the firebrand's forthright approach has brought the best out the panel as they approach the launch of series ten.

She said: ’Mrs. O is explosive! She has no filters, as raw as you get. And that’s honesty liberates other people, the dynamic on the panel is so much more fun. She has brought out the freedom in Gary Barlow, I tell you!

‘It’s bonkers this year. We’re all having too much fun, I think. In call her the OG, the Original Gangster.’

All over: Nicole's relationship with Lewis Hamilton came to an end in July

The show returns as creator and former judge Simon Cowell adjusts to the prospect of imminent parenthood with lover Lauren Silverman, who is expecting his first child.

'I would like to congratulate him on the good news,' she said. 'I think he’s gonna be a good father. And he’ll probably have a nation of nannies to help!'

However, Cowell's change in circumstances hasn't made her broody.

Indeed, despite maintaining that she still wants to settle down, Nicole says she'll only do it when the time is right.

She said: ‘Everything is timing and right now it’s not the time, I’ve too much creative energy I wanna get out, When you have gorgeous, empowering women like Halle Berry, having their kids in their forties? I’m still a baby. I’m doing just fine.

'If I didn’t have my career I’m sure I’d be like my sister, with her three kids. I grew up in Kentucky. It’s all about raising a family. All my friends, cousins, everybody’s got kids but me. And it’s because I am so career driven.

'Absolutely you make that sacrifice, you live, breathe, eat, sleep your work. You do sacrifice your relationships. You sacrifice even you.

'But I’m a family person, my sister’s kids are my pride and joy, I don’t go a month without seeing them. So I’ll have kids when the time is right.”

Imminent: Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow will return on Saturday evening when series ten of The X Factor launches on ITV1


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