Harry Connick Jr. has just been announced as the newest ‘American Idol’ judge, joining returning judges, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.
Connick Jr. had been an “Idol” mentor, during a previous season, before agreeing to be a judge, this time around.
Of the decision FOX chairman Keith Reilly announced, “’American Idol’ has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom and personality to do just that: Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves and whom ‘Idol’ fans love; Harry Connick Jr., a bona-fide musical genius and fantastic ‘Idol’ mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars; Keith Urban, a multi-Grammy-winning artist who was such a positive force on the show last season. We are also very excited to have our friend Randy Jackson now in a new role as mentor, and the captain of our team – the heart and soul of ‘Idol’ – Ryan Seacrest returning as host.”
Still no word yet, however, on whether the network is still searching for a fourth and fifth judge — much like previous seasons.
Do you think Connick Jr was a great choice?