Well, it's official. After a season away, Jennifer Lopez has decided she does want more of American Idol after all. The singing competition's network, FOX, announced this morning that she will be returning as a judge for the thirteenth season of the iconic show. Also joining her will be the previously announced return of Keith Urban, who braved the Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj season without Lopez, as well as Randy Jackson and newb (to Idol but not music in general) Harry Connick Jr.
Since Jackson is shifting his role with the show from judge to "in house mentor," Lopez, Urban, and Connick Jr. will share the long table with only three this season.
"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. 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," Kevin Reilly said in a statement to the press today.
Connick Jr. and Jackson released their own statements:
"I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show. 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," Connick Jr. said.
"Surprise, surprise! I am so happy to be back as part of this amazing show that started it all. Season 1-3 is the place to be. The original talent show is back with a vengeance and ready to discover the best talent in America," Jackon said.
Lopez simply Tweeted a special hashtag we're not sure the show plans to use on an on-going basis: “#IDOL2014TheRemix."
“I think this season of IDOL is gonna be a blast,” said Keith Urban. ”New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”
Idol hopefuls will meet the team when the auditions travel to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. The season debuts in January 2014 on FOX.
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