Rounding out the team is "Idol" veteran Randy Jackson, who will lend his expertise to the contestants as an in-house mentor. Once again, the team will be led by Emmy Award-nominated host Ryan Seacrest.
Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement, "'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 'Idol' 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."
“I have always been a huge fan of 'American Idol' and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show,” added Connick, Jr. “And I am honored that they’ve asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective to 'American Idol,' and to help emerging performers find their way.”
“Surprise, surprise! I am so happy to be back as part of this amazing show that started it all,” stated Jackson. “Season 13 is the place to be. The original talent show is back with a vengeance and ready to discover the best talent in America.”
Hopefuls will meet the "American Idol XIII" team when the auditions travel to Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. "American Idol XIII" debuts in January 2014 on FOX. "American Idol XIII" is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment.