Okay, we are finally done here.
After months of scouring multiple planets in a quest to find a new judging/mentor combo for American Idol, Ryan Seacrest announced via his Facebook page on Tuesday, September 3rd that the deal is set:
“American Idol is getting some new (and familiar) faces for its upcoming 13th season.
Joining Keith Urban at the judges’ table will be former judge Jennifer Lopez, who left after Season 11, and Harry Connick, Jr., FOX announced on Tuesday.
Also returning is Randy Jackson … but not as a judge. The Idol vet will now be the in-house mentor for the contestants.
And of course, Ryan Seacrest will also return as the host of American Idol. “I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the AMERICAN IDOL XIII family. Our new producers, judging panel and mentor are all fired up for this season,” says Ryan, “I’ve already witnessed some amazingly talented contestants from around the country during our early auditions, cementing my belief that a new superstar is well within our sights.”
Keith is also excited for the new Idol. ”I think this season of IDOL is gonna be a blast,” he adds. “New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”
As for Randy, who announced his departure as a judge at the end of last season, he’s also looking forward to returning. “Surprise, surprise! I am so happy to be back as part of this amazing show that started it all. Season 1-3 is the place to be. The original talent show is back with a vengeance and ready to discover the best talent in America.”
Season 13 of American Idol returns in January!”
This is the best lineup of judges I have seen in a few years. I could have saved them a lot of wasted time searching for that third judge’s seat in a quest to find a record producer or rapper or whatever they felt was going to bring in the ratings.
In the end, the selection of Harry Connick Jr. was, in many minds, a no-brainer. He is quick-witted, articulate, entertaining, insightful and very musical. And, he has mentored American Idol contestants in the past – to rave reviews.
So, American Idol – what took you so long to come over to our side? And to the readers, are you pumped for the show to begin? Are you happy with this lineup? Share in the comments section.