Houston, we finally having an American Idol judging panel.
After weeks of rumors, innuendo and premature reports, Jennifer Lopez and
Dr. Luke Harry Connick Jr. have officially joined the Season 13 judges’ panel. The pair will sit alongside Keith Urban, the only returning judge from last year.
The news follows a summer of speculation about who’d snag the chairs left vacant by the exit of Season 12’s toxic combo of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, as well as human barnacle Randy Jackson, who’d clung steadfastly to Fox’s reality competition since its debut back in 2002 (and who is officially set to replace Jimmy Iovine as in-house mentor).
Lopez, Connick and Urban are scheduled to begin work on Audition Round No. 1 later today in Boston.
Lopez served as a judge in Seasons 10 and 11, which crowned eventual hitmakers Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips. (What’s more, Idol‘s Powers That Be reportedly began plotting Lopez’s possible return — and the ouster of Carey — with just weeks left in Season 12, a move that was eventually derailed by the latter diva’s attorneys.)
Connick, meanwhile, twice served as an Idol guest mentor.
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