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Fox has confirmed that all three judges from American Idol - Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. – will be returning to the judging panel next season.
This will mark the “I Luh Ya Papi” singer’s fourth season judging the singing competition show, although not consecutively, and the second straight season all three judges will be working together. The 14th season will also be Urban’s third consecutive season on the show and Connick Jr.’s second season.
In a statement, Idol creator Simon Fuller announced that Ryan Seacrest will once again be returning as host.
“I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith. Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can't wait to see their evolution together continue next season,” Fuller said in a press release.
Producers have been attempting to revamp the show since producing low viewership numbers in Season 12, with tension between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj apparent.
The LA Times reports the show’s viewership dropped by 23 percent that season. This past season, however, the show hit an all-time low with 10.2 million viewers watching the season finale.
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