The singer and actress had reportedly originally asked for $15 million and an overall deal that would include a big-screen movie and television pilots and threatened to pull out of Idol if Fox and the show's producers didn't meet her demands -- resulting in last month's reports that the negotiations had fallen apart and Fox was moving on to other candidates.
"In the old days, these were called a 'vanity deal' for good reason. They simply don't exist today," a source told Deadline Hollywood.
However Lopez's demands were apparently just negotiating.
"I think it was just positioning," another Deadline Hollywood source said. "In the end, she didn't turn up her nose up at $12 million. I would have been very surprised if she had walked away."
"[Lopez's team] was pissed that the Idol producers never discussed ahead of time their decision to offer a judging job to Aerosmith's Steven Tyler," Deadline reported.
Although complete, the formal announcement of Lopez's Idol addition is reportedly being delayed until later this month to coincide with the mid-September release of the new first single from her upcoming new album.