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American Idol is a singing show that comes down to its contestants.

That's what we're told year after year by producers, but we came away from last night's Season 13 premiere with one thoughts:

HARRY CONNICK JR. IS THE MAN!

The new judge was harsh and honest when he needed to be. But also a total jokester throughout, most notable when he cradled Munfarid Zaidi in his arms (below) during the hopeful's audition.

Ah yes, there were plenty of auditions.

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Yesterday, American Idol confirmed the new Season 13 judging panel of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

And now the show has given us out first look at these singers in quasi action.

The trio has already begun the audition process, grading singers in Boston this week before moving around the country and narrowing down the field for January's American Idol premiere. Check out the first promotional shot of Keith, J. Lo and Harry now:

American Idol Season 13 Judges

"First day on the set of @AmericanIdol in Boston!! Absolutely loved working with Jennifer and Harry Styles!" joked Urban on Twitter, while Connick expressed his own excitement via the same social network:

"So excited to be on @AmericanIdol!!! i've already judged my wife and daughters like three times this morning. do they sell gavels on amazon?"

Are you as psyched for Season 13 as these judges?

 

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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:

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American Idol Season 12 comes to a close next week.

But with ratings in a free fall and change undoubtedly on the way, talk is already heating up over who should judge American Idol Season 13.

And following his stint as a mentor last Wednesday, many are asking: Will Harry Connick Jr. join the panel in 2014?

"I had a good time mentoring," the singer told Ellen DeGeneres yesterday before serenading her with a song (below), adding: "Judging is a whole different deal… I haven't talked to anybody [about it]."

What do YOU think? Should Harry Connick Jr. judge American Idol?

 

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