American Idol Confirms Season 13 Judging Panel

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Harry Connick Jr. is in. Jennifer Lopez is returning. And Randy Jackson will never go away.

Following weeks of speculation and near-casting decisions, Fox has confirmed the Season 13 roster for American Idol:

Keith Urban will join Connick and Lopez at the judging table, while Ryan Seacrest will once again host and Randy Jackson will take over for Jimmy Iovine as in-house mentor.

In a statement, Kevin Reilly - Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company - explained the moves:

"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.”

So... are you now psyched for American Idol Season 13?

 

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well, they didn't call me so they don't need a homewrecker?

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FINALLY- American Idol has figured out what makes SO MANY of us watch "The Voice"- POSITIVE JUDGES, not haters who are each vying for the most hateful soundbite. TV seems to go in cycles and the cycle has turned back to POSITIVE television- the era of hate TV has come to a close for the time being. NOTE TO TV PRODUCERS- Share the love or be voted off TV by the viewers like me who keep Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, etc all on TV.

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I think Jimmy Iovine will be missed the most...