American Idol will be returning to FOX in 2014 with Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. sitting at the judges table according to the “New Dream Team” announcement American Idol made on Sept. 3. Ryan Seacrest will be returning as the shows host and former long time judge Randy Jackson has been named a mentor for this season.
Harry Connick Jr. said “I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show” adding “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.”
Urban said “I think this season of Idol is gonna be a blast” and added “New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!” after the new judges were announced.
Auditions are up and running with a stop happening in Boston where Keith Urban posted “First day on the set of American Idol in Boston!! Absolutely loved working with Jennifer and Harry Styles! –KU” on his Facebook page and quickly added another post that said “I mean Harry Connick Jr... who's got a lotta style!!! –KU.”