“Friday Night Lights” Actor Joins “Glee” as Love Interest, Lopez Back on “Idol”

Chord Overstreet’s Sam might be gone from “Glee,” but Mercedes (Amber Riley) is still getting a love interest.

TVLine confirmed that LaMarcus Tinker, who played the likable Dallas Tinker on “Friday Night Lights,” has booked the role on FOX’s musical comedy.

Tinker will play Marcus, a member of McKinley’s football team. The character had previously been known as Bubba.

— Though he acknowledged the announcement is not yet official, “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that Jennifer Lopez will return as a judge. Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson had already been confirmed for season eleven.

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