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AMERICAN IDOL: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., and Ryan Seacrest to Return

June 23, 2014 by  
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The AMERICAN IDOL judging panel — and host Ryan Seacrest — will remain with the show next season, Fox officially confirmed.

“Jennifer [Lopez], Keith [Urban], Harry [Connick Jr.] and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to AMERICAN IDOL for another season,” said David Hill, Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox in a statement. “Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.”

“I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith,” said AMERICAN IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can’t wait to see their evolution together continue next season.”

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AMERICAN IDOL: Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Officially Announced as Judges

September 3, 2013 by  
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It has been widely rumored for a bit, but Fox has officially announced that former AMERICAN IDOL judge Jennifer Lopez will return to her seat for season 13, and occasional guest judge/mentor Harry Connick Jr. has joined the series as a judge, too. They join previously announced returning judge Keith Urban. Original judge Randy Jackson will now be the show’s in-house mentor (replacing the departing Jimmy Iovine.

“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,” Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said in a statement. “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.”

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