'American Idol' Season 14: Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. And Keith Urban To Return As Judges
American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., will return for the singing competition’s 14th season, along with longtime host Ryan Seacrest.
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. Return
American Idol announced on Monday evening that the show would be retaining its new trio of judges, the first time the show will have the same panel of judges for two consecutive seasons since season 11.
“Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season. Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream,” Senior Executive Vice President of 21st Century Fox David Hill said in a statement.
AI Executive Producer Trish Kinane added, “Their experience, humor and passion for new talent has made them one of Idol’s strongest-ever judging panels, and coupled with the expertise and charisma of Ryan Seacrest, we are ready to get out there to find the best talent in America.”
Famed American Idol creator and longtime judge Simon Cowell also gave the team his approval, saying, “Their interaction, warmth and experiences made them an absolute joy to watch. I can’t wait to see their evolution together continue next season.”
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) June 24, 2014
American Idol 'True Believers'
American Idol XIV is currently holding auditions and also announced a brand new aspect of the competition, called “True Believer.” This season, each American Idol contestant will have the option to pick one “True Believer,” someone who has supported them and their singing. At the end of the season, the winner’s “True Believer” will win a $50,000 prize.
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