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...

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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