September 11, 2013 3:40 PM EST
American Idol Season 13: Fox Confident as New Judges Officially Announced; Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr to Join Keith Urban for Season 13 [PHOTOS]
Fox officials officially announced Jennifer Lopez’s return on the judges’ panel of American Idol. With “Jenny from the Block” on Season 13 is Harry Connick Jr., and they will be joining Australian singer Keith Urban on the table.
An official statement was released by Fox Entertainment through its chairman, Kevin Reilly, confirming that the two new judges’ posts have been filled.
Fox officials expressed confidence that the new set of judges will deliver and they will impress American once again in finding new talents.
“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,” Reilly said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly.
American Idol may be suffering from poor ratings but it always prides itself with the ability to discover genuine talents. These include Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Scotty McCreery and even Chris Daughtry.
Giving emphasis on why they made their choices on Lopez and Connick, the Fox official continued with his statement, reiterating the reality show got the perfect artists for the job.
The statement said, “Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves Idol and whom Idol fans love; Harry Connick, Jr., a bonafide 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.”
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The official also officially announced the return of former Idol judge Randy Jackson. Though the writer-producer is not sitting next to J-Lo, Jackson is coming back for Season 13 as a mentor. Ryan stays on as host.
Reilly added, “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.”
American Idol hits the tube in January 2014. Auditions are underway in search for new talents.
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