From left: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. (FOX)
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban begin production on the show's 13th season on Sept. 3 in Boston.
It's official: Fox has named Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban as American Idol's newest judges panel.
The trio will kick off production on season 13 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Boston.
"I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show," said Connick, whom The Hollywood Reporter last week confirmed would serve as a judge. "And I am honored 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."
Fox also announced on Tuesday the return of Randy Jackson as the show's in-house mentor and Ryan Seacrest as host, dubbing the five the "American Idol XIII Dream Team."
"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," said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co. "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."
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter