“American Idol” Taps Two New Judges

LOS ANGELES (September 3, 2013)--Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. will join Keith Urban as "American Idol" judges next season, Fox TV announced Tuesday.

Fox also announced a new role for original judge Randy Jackson, who stepped down as a panelist after last season.

He will serve as in-house mentor to the show's contestants.

Pop star and actress Lopez is returning to the show after a two-season run as judge.

Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several appearances on the singing contest.

Urban's return for a second year of judging was previously announced.

"American Idol" begins its 13th season in January.

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