After months of speculation, “American Idol” has finally settled on a judging panel.
The FOX reality juggernaut announced Tuesday that Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. will join the previously-confirmed Keith Urban at the season thirteen panel.
Though not officially confirmed, Lopez’s return to the table had been long expected. Connick was always part of the talks, but will.i.am and Dr. Luke were previously considered the more likely candidates for that final seat.
The returning Lopez and debuting Connick, Jr. will fill the void left by the departing Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.
While Minaj and Carey are done with “Idol,” Jackson, on the other hand, will remain on the team.
Randy Jackson, as had been rumored, will replace Jimmy Iovine as the in-house mentor, while Ryan Seacrest will resume hosting duties.