American Idol Judges Confirmed: Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban Are “Dream Team”

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban confirmed for Idol
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The madness finally ends! After endless speculation, American Idol's judges panel for season 13 has finally been decided and confirmed by Fox. As previously reported, Jennifer Lopez returns after one season away, Keith Urban has signed back on for his second consecutive season, and Harry Connick Jr. joins the trio for his very first year as judge.

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"American Idol has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom and personality to do just that, Fox's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly said in a statement: "Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves Idol and whom Idol fans love; Harry Connick, Jr., a bona-fide musical genius and fantastic Idol mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars; Keith Urban, a multi-Grammy-winning artist who was such a positive force on the show last season."

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Veteran judge Randy Jackson will be back on the show, this time as a mentor, and Ryan Seacrest, of course, will remain host.

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"I have always been a huge fan of American and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show," Connick, Jr. said. "And I am honored that they've asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective to American Idol, and to help emerging performers find their way."

Following the exits of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey after just one season, contenders for the empty slots included mega-producer Dr. Luke, as well as Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun.

American Idol's thirteenth season debuts next January.

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