It's confirmed that Jennifer Lopez will be back for the next season of American Idol. She will be back as a judge again. Joining her will be Singer/Actor Harry Connick Jr. who has served as a mentor on the show in past seasons. Country singer Keith Urban will also be on the panel of judges. Did you like J-Lo from the last time she was on the show? I thought she was great. She would get really emotionally invested in some of the contestents. Does this make you want to watch any more or less? -- Maynard
"The rumor mill can finally stop churning: The ‘American Idol‘ judging panel is officially complete! FOX officials confirmed today (Sept. 3) that Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. will indeed be joining the show for its 13th season.
They join country music star Keith Urban, back for his second stint as a judge, and former judge Randy Jackson, who will now be an in-house mentor. Host Ryan Seacrest will also once again return for the latest installment of the reality contest, which begins airing in January.
News leaked weeks ago that J. Lo would be returning to ‘Idol’ after a season off. Rumors about singer-actor Connick, a frequent mentor on the show, started shortly after Dr. Luke unexpectedly withdrew his bid for the third judge’s spot.
“‘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,” FOX Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement."