Jennifer Lopez will return to American Idol, according to her boyfriend Casper Smart.

The singer was widely tipped to return to the Fox series after a season away from the judging panel.

Smart, who has been dating Lopez for almost two years, accidently confirmed the news while promoting his new show A Step Away on Friday (August 16).

When asked if he thought Lopez would make a return to the show for its 13th season, Smart told E! News: "Yes."

Casper reportedly thought that Fox had already made an announcement about the judging panel for the new season, following the departures of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.

Fox has not yet commented on the matter.

Country music star Keith Urban has already been confirmed to return to the panel after making his debut last season.