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American Idol: Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez Join as Judges; Jackson Returns as Mentor

  The more things change, the more they stay the same. At long last , Fox has confirmed the judges panel for  American Idol 's upcoming 13th season — which,  as previously reported , will consist of  Keith Urban ,  Jennifer Lopez and newcomer  Harry Connick Jr .       http://www.tvguide.com/News/American-Idol-Harry-Connick-Jr-Jennifer-Lopez-Randy-Jackson-1069808.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'American Idol': Harry Connick Jr. joins as judge for Season 13

"Americal Idol" has its third judge heading into a new season. Harry Connick Jr. will indeed join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the show's upcoming 13th season.The news comes from THR, who says Connick attended a small party thrown by "Idol" producer Simon Fuller at Bouchon, a bar and restaurant in Los Angeles, Thursday (August 29). The party, celebrating the upcoming announcement about Connick, was also attended by Urban, Lopez and Randy Jackson, who will mentor instead of judge.Season 13 marks the first time none of the show's original panel will judge the competitors, with Jackson being the only one who has stuck around since the beginning. Ryan Seacrest, another face that's been with the show since Season 1, teased Friday, "Got some @AmericanIdol news for you coming very soon."Fox has yet to make an official announcement on Connick's joining the show.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/american-idol-harry-connick-jr-joins-as-judge-for-season-13.html

American Idol Season 13: With No Third Judge, Production Faces Delay

Times are tough for the American Idol producers: Their efforts to find new judges have been fairly fruitless — and now The Hollywood Reporter touts that the search for judges could delay the start date for American Idol 2014 Season 13 filming. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Randy Jackson left the judges' table looking pretty sparse after they departed following Season 12, leaving Keith Urban as the only holdover. Luckily, Jennifer Lopez is all-but-confirmed to return as a judge, having left... http://feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/UmuMfROAmp0/2013-08-29-season-13-production-faces-delay

'American Idol': Could Harry Connick Jr. judge Season 13?

"American Idol" is still looking for a third judge to appear in Season 13. Could Harry Connick Jr. be that judge? According to reports, he just might be.Talks have begun between the show and the singer, according to E!News. While things are far from being certain, it isn't too hard to believe that Connick would consider working on the show. He has appeared as a mentor and a musical guest multiple times in previous seasons and even sat in as a guest judge once.Unfortunately, there is no confirmation that this is even a possibility.On the other hand, it's not like there is a lot of competition to sit next to Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the "Idol" stage. Producer and songwriter Dr. Luke had been widely rumored as a likely judge, but he ended up pulling out of the deal due to conflicting interests. Rumors remain that Scooter Braun -- manager to Justin... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/american-idol-could-harry-connick-jr-judge-season-13.html

'Idol' Judge Search Could Delay Show Production

Producers consider Harry Connick Jr. for the slot left by Dr. Luke after the veteran producer offered Sony Music half his $12 million fee in an unsuccessful plea to let him take a judge's chair, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.            http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/-7OVgZdLqL0/story01.htm

'American Idol': Dr. Luke will not judge Season 13

Dr. Luke will not be a judge on "American Idol" Season 13. Although the producer and songwriter's name has been mentioned as a sure thing in many recent reports, a label conflict and time constraints seem to be at the root of the decline.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Luke's current contract with Sony Music made work with Universal Music Group (which covers "Idol") complicated. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, also has too many producing commitments to make the time needed for judging feasible.As the producer of such hits as Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and "My Life Would Suck Without You," as well as non-"Idol" names like Pink and Katy Perry, Dr. Luke seemed like an ideal choice to identify and nurture pop talent on the show. The two remaining judges for "Idol" Season 13 -- Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban -- in contrast, are more associated with performance than... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/american-idol-dr-luke-will-not-judge-season-13.html

The Newest 'Idol' Judge Is ...

Dr. Luke is a new "American Idol" judge , according to reports. E! Online reports Dr. Luke -- real name Lukasz Gottwald -- will sit alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez when "American Idol" returns for Season 13 . So far Urban is the only judge Fox announced as being part of Season 13, but rumors of Lopez's return to "American Idol" have been swirling for months. Lopez's boyfriend, Casper Smart, confirmed her involvement with the Fox singing competition .   Read More... http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/hzpHjt4cgbo/dr-luke-american-idol_n_3814104.html

'American Idol' Season 13: Kanye West, Scooter Braun and other rumored judges

At some point, "American Idol" Season 13 needs to get its panel of judges set. Only Season 12 judge Keith Urban is officially on the show, and even the oft-rumored Jennifer Lopez remains unconfirmed. If nothing else, the delay in official choices means that many names have been rumored as possibilities.These names include Kanye West, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Scooter Braun and Dr. Luke. Until there is confirmation about anyone on "Idol" next season, rumors are all we get.Kanye West isn't likely at all, although he reportedly was requested by "American Idol." The rapper decided against taking a spot on the judges' panel because he felt it would hurt his reputation, according to Us Weekly. Considering the pop-music focus of "Idol," he was probably correct in this decision.Scooter Braun is a new name on the top of the "Idol" judge list. The manager of Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and more is reported (by TMZ... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/american-idol-season-13-kanye-west-scooter-braun-and-other-rumored-judges.html

Randy Jackson Now Maybe Staying on American Idol

For reasons that surpass understanding, it looks like Randy Jackson is going to be back on Idol after all, even though he hasn't offered any meaningful guidance or advice in a very long time. But he won't be a judge again — according to Deadline, Jackson will be the new Idol house mentor, taking over for Jimmy Iovine, who is leaving the show. Aaagh, this is what one gets for having wished Jimmy Iovine, who has on multiple occasions given harsh but needed advice to the contestants, would take over for Randy at the judges' table. Man plans; God laughs; Randy Jackson continues to be on American Idol . http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/randy-jackson-now-maybe-staying-on-american-idol.html

'American Idol' Season 13: Jimmy Iovine out, Randy Jackson back in as in-house mentor - report

Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in.Deadline reports that for the upcoming Season 13 of "American Idol," former judge Randy Jackson will be back -- albeit in a different capacity. Music producer Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving the series, where he's served as an in-house mentor since Season 10, and will be replaced by the inescapable Top Dawg.Jackson had served as a judge on FOX's long-running singing competition since its inaugural season, but was shown the door at the end of Season 12 when a near clean sweep of the judges table was made, seeing the exit of one-term judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. (Keith Urban, however, escaped a pink slip.)Jennifer Lopez is reportedly returning to the judges table after a season away, as well, meaning that the fresh start that Season 13 was supposed to represent will now look awfully familiar instead.Are you happy Jackson will be back... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/08/american-idol-season-13-jimmy-iovine-out-randy-jackson-back-in-as-in-house-mentor---report.html
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