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‘American Idol’ Taps Lopez, Connick as Judges

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By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are joining Keith Urban as “American Idol” judges next season.

Fox TV announced the revamped panel Tuesday, along with a new role for original judge Randy Jackson. Jackson, who stepped down as a panelist after last season, will serve as in-house mentor to the show’s contestants.

Pop star and actress Lopez is returning to the show after a two-season run as judge. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several appearances on the singing contest.

Urban’s return for a second year of judging was previously announced.

“American Idol” begins its 13th season next January.

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