‘American Idol’ Season 13: Jennifer Lopiz and Harry Connick, Jr. Join Judges’ Table

After months of speculation and rumors, Fox has officially announced the judges for American Idol‘s 13th season. Former Idol judge Jennifer Lopez will return alongside Harry Connick, Jr. and the previously announced country singer Keith Urban (the only remaining judge from season 12). Meanwhile, the series’ last remaining original judge Randy Jackson will continue to stick around as the in-house mentor.

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: 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,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company in a statement. “We are also very excited to have our friend Randy Jackson now in a new role as mentor, and the captain of our team – the heart and soul of IDOL – Ryan Seacrest returning as host.”

Named the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes (2012), singer/actress/dancer/producer Lopez previously sat at the judges’ table during seasons 10 and 11. Connick Jr. also has previous ties to the show; in the past the actor and singer has served as a mentor for the young contestants.

Hopeful Idol contestants will get to see the new team in action when the auditions kick off in Boston today (September 2nd). The team will then travel through Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Season 13 is set to premiere this January on Fox.

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