Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are officially joining Keith Urban at the judges table for the newest season of ‘American Idol,’ Fox announced on Tuesday (September 3).
The line-up change comes after Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj failed to bring it ratings last season.
Randy Jackson is slated to come back as a mentor after leaving the show after 12 seasons at the judges table.
“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 and whom ‘Idol’ fans love,” Fox president Kevin Reilly said. “Harry Connick Jr., a bona-fide musical genius and fantasticIdol 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. 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.”
Idol will return in January 2014.
The fact that this show is still going is shocking but what I am most a happy about is that I won’t have to hear the phrase “In it to win it” from Randy Jackson.
Will YOU be tuning for the newest season?