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Harry Connick, Jr. is set to be revealed as the latest addition to the American Idol lineup after he reportedly signed up to join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the judging panel for the hit singing competition.
The producers of the show were said to be scrambling to fill the seats left vacant following the departure of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and veteran judge Randy Jackson earlier this year, and have recently been in talks with producer Dr. Luke and Scooter Braun to help find the next Idol star.
However, those negotiations fell through and executives at Fox are said to have asked Connick, Jr. to return following a number of successful guest appearances on the series throughout the years. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the jazz singer made the deal official by attending a private party hosted by Idol producer Simon Fuller in Los Angeles on Thursday, where Urban and Lopez were also on hand to toast the imminent announcement.
Urban is the only star returning as a judge from the 12th season of Idol – Lopez stepped down from the panel of experts last year after two seasons. Connick, Jr. has been a longtime fan of American Idol and previously admitted he had been approached to take on a role as a talent judge years before – but the timing has never been right.
He said, “The last time I was here, I was so flattered, that they were kind of talking about it, and it didn’t work out. There were a lot of things going on on their side and a lot of things going on on my side with just stuff. It’s hard to make a commitment like that… What I’ve done thus far on the show has been really fun, so I’ve had a great time… Who knows what’ll happen in the future.”
Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart recently unveiled the news via a slip of the tongue about her return as judge on the show.
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Jennifer Lopez is heading back to the judges table on American Idol, according to her boyfriend Casper Smart. He let the big news slip while promoting his new TV show A Step Away on E! News on Friday.
When asked if his girlfriend would be joining country singer Keith Urban for the thirteenth season of the show, he just said, “yes”.
Reports suggest the dancer was under the impression the news item had already been released by the hit show’s producers. Last month, Fox Network President Kevin Reilly revealed Idol producers had been in talks with Lopez, who served as a judge alongside Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler for two seasons on the show before stepping aside to concentrate on touring and acting last year.
Tyler also stepped down and their spots were filled by Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Jackson, Carey and Minaj all quit the show at the beginning of the summer. Urban announced he would be returning earlier in July.
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Country singer Keith Urban is already signing on for the upcoming season of the hit talent competition American Idol and now, we’ve learned that Jennifer Lopez is nearing a deal for her return to the show.
Lopez has already served on the judging panel for the show’s tenth and eleventh seasons, but took a pass last season in order to promote her music and television endeavors. The show’s producers were said to be considering bringing back some big names from the its talent pool, but apparently they have decided to change direction. Names such as Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert were tossed around after it was confirmed that Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson would not be returning to the show.
Reportedly, Lopez will be returning to the show as early as April in a deal that’s rumored to be worth $15 million.
Country singer Keith Urban is heading back to the hit singing competition American Idol as a judge!
The Somebody Like You singer is the first judge to be announced by executives at Fox for the upcoming season 13. He will be the only returning judge from season 12 following the departures of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson earlier this summer.
Announcing the news on Thursday, Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says, “The fans really liked him. Keith is a really funny guy. You could see how much he loved the show.”
As to whether or not Jennifer Lopez will be returning, we’ve heard that she is in negotiations. Of that, Reilly said, “Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along. Obviously, she’s even been on it since she left the panel, so there have been discussions there. There is no deal with her.”
He added, “We want judges that are good at the job, that people like and refocus our attention on the contestants. I think even our own marketing maybe skewed that a little. It really became too much about the judges.”
Singer and American Idol winner Kris Allen is a first-time father after his wife Katy O’connell gave birth to a baby boy.
The pair has named their newborn son Oliver Neil Allen, with their representative telling Usmagazine.com, “He’s seven pounds, seven ounces, 20 3/4 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great.”
The couple married in 2008, a year before Allen won American Idol. The musician announced he was going to be a father in January after he and O’Connell were involved in a nasty car accident on New Year’s Day. Scary stuff, for sure!
He took to his official Twitter account to say, “Thank you, Ford, for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family and the little one we have on the way safe. Yes, I got in a really bad wreck tonight, and yes, I’m having a lil baby.”
As you already know, winners of the hit singing competition get Ford vehicles as a top prize. Congratulations to Allen and his wife on their new addition!
Just a couple of days ago, it was announced that executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was fired from his duties at American Idol. Now that he and Ken Warwick are out, he has a suggestion for the show’s upcoming season.
Despite the show recruiting Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj as big draws for viewership, the show was still tanking with regard to ratings. Now, Nigel says that the show should return to its original format in order to avoid getting the boot from the network.
In a new interview, he said, “I believe in getting people together, testing their chemistry which is what I did with Randy, Paula and Simon. After that, whoever you bring in is a risk because we’ve seen it happen before. It’s one of those things, you don’t know how anybody’s going to be as a judge. You could be the greatest singer in the world but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be a good judge. That little team, Randy, Paula and Simon, again are the template for judges forever now.”
Do you think it would be a good idea to reunite the three former judges for the upcoming season? Does Nigel have a point here? Share your thoughts below!
It appears that the powers that be in charge of producing American Idol don’t want show veteran Nigel Lythgoe executive producing any longer. The 63-year-old confirmed the firing news on his official Twitter account.
He tweeted, “just had 10 days in the Bahamas, rain everyday. I get back to the States and get fired. Sad! Monday we choose our top 20. I’ll smile again.”
He went on to say, “Yes, don’t worry I’m on #SYTYCD. FOX still loves me. It’s not a personal thing they just feel IDOL needs new leadership after 12 Seasons.”
They have made a lot of changes already for the upcoming season. Veteran judge Randy Jackson announced he was leaving the show. Both Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are jumping ship and the status of Keith Urban’s days on the show is still up in the air.
What do you think they’re going to do with the show now that all of the veterans are leaving?