On Sept. 3 “Eonline” reported retired “American Idol” veteran Dawg Randy Jackson will return for season 13 of the flagship singing competition show, along with season 10 and 11 judging Diva, Jennifer Lopez.
According to the post, Jackson returns in a mentor capacity replacing Jimmy Iovine and Lopez joins hunky season 12 judge Keith Urban, along with panel newbie Harry Connick, Jr. The judging pool speculation net was cast far and wide for the upcoming season and included names of former “Idol” alums turned mega-stars like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert, to name a few.
As it stands, Adam Lambert is slated to guest on the highly anticipated season 5 return of “Glee” and Clarkson is currently touring with Maroon 5 on the Honda Civic Tour through early October. Meanwhile, J Hud’s 2011 big screen effort “Winnie Mandela” in which she plays Nelson Mandela’s wife (opposite Terrence Howard as Nelson) finally hits theaters in limited release on Sept. 6.
“American Idol” seems to be taking another plunge to reinvent itself, despite the amazing talent it has turned out the past couple of seasons including chartbusters like season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. (Wasn’t “Home” on just about every commercial there was following its release?) Soulful season 12 winner Candice Glover's success remains to be seen, as her debut album "Music Speaks" is slated to be released on Oct. 8.
Rumors circulated that Golden Boy host Ryan Seacrest would be exiting the show this season. Fox president Kevin Reilly reportedly confirms Seacrest is home to stay at “Idol” (at least for now), naming him “the captain of our team – the heart and soul of ‘Idol.’”
Jennifer Lopez seems excited for her next "Idol" gig, calling it #IDOL2014TheRemix via Twitter. Some “Idol” fans may be disappointed, however, that J Lo’s rock star panel partner Steven Tyler is not joining her for another judging stint.
As previously reported, Tyler told “Talk” host Julie Chen he would think about returning to the show if they brought Jennifer Lopez back, due to their amazing chemistry. Tyler fans will just have to “dream on,” as there is no hint of Tyler’s return to “American Idol” in any capacity.
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“American Idol” returns to WSMH FOX66 in Flint in January 2014.