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American Idol is returning for its thirteenth season come January, and America has long been awaiting the announcement of the season’s judges. Fox recently confirmed Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez will join Keith Urban at the table, and, of course, Ryan Seacrest will host.
Also announced, Randy Jackson will be returning to the show as a mentor. Fans seem to be taking the news positively. American Idol has kept itself relevant after the departure of the three original judges, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, by keeping a panel of successful celebrities on board.
In honor of the awaited announcement here is a list of the top 10 judges that almost were. For some reason, be it scheduling, money, lack of interest, or any other reason, these stars were in the talks to become judges on the hit show for one season or another and it just didn’t happen.