J. Lo & Harry Connick Jr. Named 'Idol' Judges

September 03, 2013

After weeks of speculation, FOX announced Tuesday that Jennifer Lopez will be returning to the American Idol judges' table to join new judge Harry Connick Jr. 

The two new panel members will join returning judge Keith Urban and the announcement also revealed that former judge Randy Jackson will return in the upcoming season as the show's in-house mentor to contestants.  

Ryan Seacrest -- who has hosted American Idol since its launch -- will be back in the new season as well.

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Lopez reacted on Twitter, posting the message"#IDOL2014TheRemix ...see ya soon."

Connick, Jr. said he's excited to be joining the show in his new capacity. "I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show," he said. "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."

The new season of American Idol debuts in January 2014 on FOX.

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