Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban have officially been announced as American Idol judges for season 13 of the hit reality television show. The first photo of the judges on the set was also released today. Jennifer Lopez returns as a judge as Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey depart. Harry Connick Jr. joins the show this season for the first time. Season 13 debuts in January 2014 on Fox.
Harry Connick Jr. says, "I have always been a huge fan of AMERICAN IDOL and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show. 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 released photos of the judges. It is good to have Jlo back on the show. The three judges should provide interesting commentary on the young talent and on the music business in general.
Photos: Michael Becker/FOX