Jenny's returning to the block!
Fox has confirmed that superstar Jennifer Lopez will return to the American Idol judges' panel. She and crooner Harry Connick, Jr. — who has mentored on the series — will join country singer Keith Urban for season 13.
#IDOL2014TheRemix ...see ya soon— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) September 3, 2013
#IDOL2014TheRemix ...see ya soon
“I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show,” Harry said in a statement. “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.”
And that's not all.
Randy Jackson Leaves American Idol After 12 Seasons Though veteran Randy Jackson announced he'd no longer judge the Fox reality competition after last year, he'll lend his industry and Idol expertise to the contestants as an "in-house mentor."
“Surprise, surprise! I am so happy to be back as part of this amazing show that started it all,” said Randy. “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.”
“I think this season of Idol is gonna be a blast,” Keith shared. ”New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”
And host Ryan Seacrest also shared some joyous words.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the American Idol XIII family. Our new producers, judging panel and mentor are all fired up for this season,” he said. “I’ve already witnessed some amazingly talented contestants from around the country during our early auditions, cementing my belief that a new superstar is well within our sights.”
In August, multiple sources revealed to Entertainment Weekly that J. Lo was in talks to head back to Idol.
While Fox Entertainment Chief Kevin Reilly didn't confirm the reports, he did admit they were chatting with the Latin beauty.
J. Lo first joined the show in season 10 and left after two seasons.
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith signed on for season 12 alongside Randy. Mariah and Nicki revealed they would not be returning after the season ended. Fox later confirmed that Keith would be back for season 13.
Are you excited for Jennifer's return? What do you think about Harry joining the show? Sound off in comments!
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