American Idol Judges Panel Revealed: Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban Confirmed
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. have been confirmed as the judges of American Idol. Season 13 of the show is due to premiere this month.
The panel of American Idol judges has been officially revealed. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. have been confirmed as the judges for the televised singing talent show.
Harry Connick Jr. photographed in 2012, has been confirmed as the third American Idol judge.
Harry Connick Jr. was the last celebrity to gain the role, his judging position was only confirmed last week by THR. Connick Jr. has previously appeared on the show in the capacity of mentor for the show's twelfth season, a role he said he "really enjoyed". Connick Jr. also performed on last season's American Idol on a number of occasions.
Watch Connick Jr. perform 'And I love Her' on American Idol:
On being one of the judges, Connick Jr. said "I am honoured 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."
Connick Jr. joins Australian singer Urban and pop sensation Lopez. Urban has previously judged on the show, judging season twelve's competitors. Lopez has also been a judge previously. She appeared on the judging panel for season 10 and 11, leaving the season before Urban joined the show.
Jennifer Lopez will be judging alongside Urban and Connick Jr.
Urban is the only judge continuing from the previous season, on which he appeared alongside Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Kevin Reilly, the head of Fox entertainment (the show's producers) announced Urban would be continuing as a judge at the TCA press tour in August. Reilly described Urban as "a really funny guy" who "the fans really like."
The 13th season of American Idol will premiere on 15th January 2014 on Fox.
Keith Urban will continue in his judging position.