Tony-Nominated Harry Connick Jr. Joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban as American Idol Judge
The multi-talented singer, songwriter, and actor will move up from his post as Idol mentor.
American Idol XIII has announced the team of artists who will shepherd new contestants through the 2014 season. Tony-nominated and Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning performer Harry Connick Jr. will join the ranks of judges with returning judge Jennifer Lopez and previously announced Grammy-winning country singer Keith Urban.
This season's team will also include American Idol veteran Randy Jackson as an in-house mentor as well as longtime host Ryan Seacrest.
"I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show, 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," said Connick in a statement.
Idol hopefuls will meet the new team at auditions in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Detroit; Omaha, Nebraska; Salt Lake City; and San Francisco.