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Harry Connick Jr. Joins 'American Idol' as Season 13 Judge!

Harry Connick Jr. Joins 'American Idol' as Season 13 Judge!

Harry Connick Jr. has reportedly sealed a deal to be the third judge on the panel for the thirteenth season of American Idol, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 45-year-old crooner will be joining returning judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez for this year’s three person panel. Harry has previously appeared on the show multiple times as a guest mentor to the contestants.

There have been rumors swirling that Harry would be signing on after industry professionals Dr. Luke and Scooter Braun both passed on the judging position as the job would interfere with their current careers.

Auditions for the show begin next week so time was of the essence in signing the third judge or else production may have been delayed.

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  • stellartes

    this is an awesome judging panel

  • Hot Mess

    Nothing says reinvented and cool like 3 people over 45. Snooozzzeee….

  • Lovely

    Still won’t watch. However, it would’ve beem great if JLo wasn’t on the panel.

  • http://Comcast Joni

    They have Keith Urban, as far as I am concerned I will be watching it because of him. Keith did a great job last year. I think Jennifer and Keith will be great together.

  • allison

    @Hot Mess: LOL

  • James

    That’s cool. I liked him when he was a mentor and I was hoping that he would be the new judge.

  • yes

    you want to have people who have been successful in the business for over 15 years. You have more credibility as a judge. Who wants to have Justin Bieber as a judge? please no……. the only ex Idol person that would be the only choice to be a judge would be Kelly Clarkson…with over 10 years success.

  • LaVonda

    I’m delighted that Harry Connick Jr will be on AI! An amazing talent with great personality. He and Keith will be both handsome and knowlegeable. I’ll bet that neither one of them every call one of the contestants a “dog.” I adore Keith and was considering watching the show to see him. Now that Harry has committed too, I will watch AI this season for sure.

  • Leaf

    American Idol is still around? Shut this **** down!

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  • pprem

    totally excited about american idol this year! i think that this will be a great season

  • http://aol Luci Loo

    Good choice. He’s a damn good singer.

  • Louise

    Never watched American Idol until Keith Urban came on board. Keith was fabulous…….so knowledgeable, intelligent, and NORMAL. Harry Connick with be a compliment with Keith. Not a fan of Jennifer Lopez’s music, but she too is comparable to the two men. Thankfully no STUPID judges like they have had (Minaj,Tyler,Carey,etc.). Should be a great season.

  • Elena

    Harry is a wonderful artist and so is Keith. AI has 2 talented judges but JLO doesn’t belong there. Also the producers missed their chance to take a new, fresh approach to save the aging show

  • Barbara

    Harry will be the best judge yet……but why keep Randy? The guy can’t express himself verbally

  • Jenn

    Harry and Keith will be great together. They both have the same sense of humor. Never been a big JLo fan but she was a decent judge. At least there won’t be the childish drama from last year.

  • http://Comcast Patricia

    Great panel this year. I would watch AI if Keith Urban was the only judge. He was a great judge last year. Cannot wait for his new album to come out this Sept 10. Keith has it all.

  • Dee

    Harry and Keith! Awesome!