'American Idol' names its judges
After much speculation, a bevy of rumors and a few firings, Fox’s “American Idol” Tuesday announced its judges for the upcoming season: Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. Meanwhile, veteran judge Randy Jackson, who left his spot at the table behind after last season, has signed on to be a mentor on the singing competition show for Season 13.
“‘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,” Fox exec Kevin Reilly said in a statement Tuesday.
Superstar J.Lo was a judge on “Idol” for two seasons, but quit in 2012 along with Steven Tyler. Mariah Carey replaced Lopez, but will not be coming back next season, nor will Nicki Minaj.
Country crooner Urban is the only returning judge from last season.
Adding the popular Lopez and Connick seems an attempt by Fox to revive the show, which experienced an all-time ratings low last season.
A premiere date has not yet been announced.