Jennifer Lopez Returning to ‘American Idol’ Because She Actually Missed It

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While the rest of us are waiting patiently for American Idol to disappear forever, Jennifer Lopez on Wednesday told the press she’s returning to the formerly top-rated FOX program because she actually missed it.

“I love this show and I’m glad to be back,” the 44-year-old said (via PEOPLE). “Last year I went off and toured the whole world for the first time. It wasn’t the easiest thing to fit in this season of Idol, but I do love it so much … I did miss it.”

Lopez was a judge on the show for seasons 11 and 12, and was credited for helping to keep its ratings afloat following the high-profile departure of Simon Cowell. After she left, the show plummeted in the numbers, her replacements, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, fought like you-know-what, and still nobody can seem to remember who actually finished in the top 5. (Try me!)

But that’s okay, because Lopez — who will be seated alongside Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. when season 13 returns in January — says she isn’t interested in playing the numbers game.

“I don’t think about that kind of stuff so much,” she said. “I leave that worry to other people – I have enough worry of my own.”

In which case, welcome back.