Jenny from the block just pocketed a few more millions to host the next season of Fox’s hit television show American idol, Jennifer Lopez will be joined on the judges panel alongside crooners Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban. This isn’t Jenny’s first go around with the hit show being that she has judged on the panel before in previous seasons but this time Randy Jackson will be missing in action from the judges table which means that the show just may be watchable again next season even though he will be will be back in a new limited role as an in-house mentor to the contestants. More on this below..
The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They’ll join Urban to make up the talent show’s first panel consisting solely of singers — a la NBC’s successful 2011 upstart “The Voice.”
Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several “Idol” appearances.
Urban’s return to the contest was announced last month by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly, who said the singer didn’t get a chance to show his personality in his first turn as a judge. Urban appeared overwhelmed last season by the Carey-Minaj crossfire that drew complaints from some viewers.
“I think this season of `Idol’ is gonna be a blast,” Urban said in a statement Tuesday. (FoxNews)