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The official announcement is finally here! Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. join Keith Urban as judges! Randy Jackson to be the new in-house” mentor.

According to the press release, which you can read below, Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, under the direction of Chairman Jimmy Iovine, will continue to release IDOL winner and contestant music.

The new team looks a lot like the old team doesn’t it? Two panel members, Jennifer and Keith are returnees. Harry has mentored twice. And Randy? Well, ya’ll know we’ll never get rid of him. Also, for the first time in history, the panel is made up entirely of singers. I’m not unhappy with this panel. I’ll have more thoughts on it, later.

The judges are in Boston today and tomorrow auditioning hopefuls.

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“AMERICAN IDOL XIII” ANNOUNCES NEW DREAM TEAM GLOBAL SUPERSTAR JENNIFER LOPEZ AND  WORLD-RENOWNED RECORDING ARTIST HARRY CONNICK, JR. JOIN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST KEITH URBAN AS JUDGES; “IDOL” VETERAN RANDY JACKSON RETURNS AS IN-HOUSE MENTOR; RYAN SEACREST CONTINUES REIGN AS HOST

Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling recording artist, actress, movie and television producer and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez returns to AMERICAN IDOL XIII as a judge. Lopez will be joined by Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning multi-platinum singer, musician, songwriter, composer and film/television and Broadway actor Harry Connick, Jr.  The two will sit on the IDOL judges’ panel with previously announced judge Keith Urban, the four-time Grammy Award-winning country artist who has sold more than 15 million albums.

Rounding out the team is IDOL veteran Randy Jackson, who will lend his industry and IDOL expertise to the contestants as an in-house mentor. Once again, the team will be led by Emmy Award-nominated host Ryan Seacrest, who has guided the IDOL contestants and judges through each season’s incredible journey.

Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said, “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.”

“#IDOL2014TheRemix,” tweeted Jennifer Lopez.

“I have always been a huge fan of AMERICAN IDOL and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show,” said Harry 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,” said Randy Jackson.  “Season 1-3 is the place to be. The original talent show is back with a vengeance and ready to discover the best talent in America.”

“I think this season of IDOL is gonna be a blast,” said Keith Urban.  ”New team, new energy and a whole new field of artists to be discovered and given a chance!”

“I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the AMERICAN IDOL XIII family. Our new producers, judging panel and mentor are all fired up for this season,” said Ryan Seacrest. “I’ve already witnessed some amazingly talented contestants from around the country during our early auditions, cementing my belief that a new superstar is well within our sights.”

IDOL 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.

Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, under the direction of Chairman Jimmy Iovine, will continue to release IDOL winner and contestant music.

IDOL’s impact on the entertainment industry resonates beyond the scope of television. The series has brought generations together with a common goal: to discover the next music superstar. Over the past 12 seasons, IDOL finalists have released more than 200 albums, scored 396 No.1 Billboard hits, garnered more than 250 million iTunes downloads and have been certified with 95 Gold and 83 Platinum records. IDOL contestants have conquered Broadway, television and film and have won numerous awards and accolades, including American Country Music Awards, Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

About Jennifer Lopez:

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Actress, entertainer, music artist, film and TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian Jennifer Lopez has been called one of the most powerful and celebrated celebrities in entertainment.

In 2012, Forbes Magazine named her the No. 1 Most Powerful Celebrity in the World.

Lopez has transformed the global music scene. She has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and starred in multiple box-office No. 1 films, including “Monster-In-Law” and “The Wedding Planner.” In 2001, “The Wedding Planner” was the nation’s top-grossing film, while her album, “J.Lo,” was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The two simultaneous No. 1 honors made Lopez the first woman in history to have a No. 1 movie and No. 1 album in the same week.

In May 2011, Lopez released the album “LOVE?,” The first single, “On The Floor,” also featuring Pitbull, became a worldwide phenomenon. This song shot to No. 1 in 18 countries and became the most downloaded song of her career. The music video set an all-time record, making Lopez the first female artist on online video site Vevo to rack up 100 million views in the shortest amount of time. The music video has become the most watched music video by any female artist in the history of YouTube, logging more than 686 million views.

She made her feature film debut in the highly acclaimed “Mi Familia,” then earned widespread acclaim for her work in the title role of “Selena,” which brought her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her film credits include Lasse Hallström’s “An Unfinished Life,” with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman; Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn”; “Maid In Manhattan”; “Money Train”; Francis Ford Coppola’s “Jack,” with Robin Williams; “Blood and Wine,” opposite Jack Nicholson; Luis Mandoki’s “Angel Eyes”; “The Cell”; Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight,” with George Clooney; Michael Apted’s “Enough”; and “Anaconda.” Playing the role of actress and producer, she starred in the feature films “El Cantante,” a drama about the life of salsa legend Hector Lavoe, and “Bordertown,” opposite Antonio Banderas. In 2011, she starred in the romantic comedy “The Back-up Plan.”

In 2012, Lopez was part of the ensemble cast of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” and she lent her voice to the character of “Shira,” a sabre-toothed tiger, in the animated film “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.” In January 2013, she starred opposite Jason Statham in an adaptation of the crime/thriller literary series, “Parker,” directed by Taylor Hackford.

This past year, Lopez also partnered with NUVOtv, becoming the Chief Creative Officer for the network. Nuyorican, her TV and film production company, already has produced several specials and series for the network. She also is executive producer of the hit cable series “The Fosters.”

Lopez set the branding standard for celebrity fragrance, apparel and accessories. Last year, Lopez was named the celebrity with the most successful fragrance line in history.

Her commitment to making a difference and her passion for making this world better is highlighted through her work with children, via The Lopez Family Foundation, a not-for-profit she started with her sister, Lynda. The Lopez Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children, and raising the level of medical care available to them. The foundation is currently working with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on a telemedicine program that will help underserved communities around the world to be treated with state-of-the-art technology and by top doctors. The organization opened its first telemedicine center in Puerto Rico in 2010 and seven new centers in Panama in 2011.

About Harry Connick, Jr.:

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Harry Connick, Jr. is a rarity in the realm of entertainment, exemplifying excellence in every aspect of his multi-faceted career. He has won three Grammy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards and is a multiple-Tony Award nominee.

A New Orleans native, Connick began his career as a performer at the age of five. At 19, he signed with Columbia Records. His stunning piano technique and vivid musical imagination was easily recognized on his debut, self-titled album. Soon after, he released his follow-up album, “20,” and then found multi-platinum success with the soundtrack to “When Harry Met Sally…”

Connick’s continued musical success has spanned over the course of 29 albums, with sales totaling 28 million worldwide units. His most recent album, “Every Man Should Know,” was released in June 2013.

In addition to his burgeoning music career, Connick also began acting professionally. Among his feature film credits are “Little Man Tate,” “Copycat,” “Hope Floats,” “Memphis Belle,” “Independence Day,” “Life without Dick,” “Mickey,” “Basic,” “P.S. I Love You,” “New in Town” and “Dolphin Tale.” His voiceover skills also were featured in “My Dog Skip” and “The Iron Giant.” Next fall, he will be seen in “Dolphin Tale 2,” the sequel to 2011’s No. 1 hit family film.

On television, Connick is perhaps best known for his recurring role on “Will & Grace.” He also appeared in an arc of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and has graced audiences with his musical talents in several primetime specials, including “Harry for the Holidays,”  the Emmy Award-winning PBS specials “Only You in Concert” and “Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway” and the animated tale “The Happy Elf.”

His Broadway career boasts equal recognition, having received Tony Award nominations as both composer/lyricist for the musical “Thou Shalt Not” and as the lead in the Tony Award-winning revival of “The Pajama Game.” He also has adapted “The Happy Elf” for children’s theater, starred in the Broadway revival of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” and – on the 20th anniversary of his first Broadway concerts at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre – brought his live show for an extended residency at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Not surprisingly, Connick has used his influence as an entertainer to further his charitable work. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he created, along with fellow musician and “New Orleanian” Branford Marsalis, the Musicians’ Village in the Upper Ninth Ward. The village provides homes for musicians and other displaced citizens, a community center with a performance hall, recording studio and after-school facility for kids. His contributions to the post-Katrina effort have been acknowledged by a Redbook Strength and Spirit Award, an honorary degree from Tulane University and the 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII hopefuls also can audition at www.americanidol.com, by submitting an audition video online. Entrants should demonstrate their stellar singing ability by performing a song of their choice a cappella. Videos are limited to one submission per person. Please visit www.americanidol.com for submission rules and terms and conditions.

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. Cecile Frot-Coutaz for FremantleMedia; Trish Kinane and Per Blankens for FremantleMedia North America; and Evan Prager and Jesse Ignjatovic for 19 Entertainment.

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AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Host, Ryan Seacrest. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

 
  • Mateja Praznik

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …

  • lkingcorn

    Dream Team? I have a bridge id like to sell you…

  • No Thanks

    SPIN!

  • I LOVE Britney

    Oh well, at least we wont have to see another diva feud on Idol!

  • Deon Oxivar

    cause J-Lo will make it ALL about herself, no doubt :)

  • Blou38

    Looking forward to getting back to the important point of the show…contestants. Liked JLo and Keith and think Harry Connick Jr is a good fit. They weren’t going to please everyone.

  • jake

    And this is supposed to generate viewer interest how?

  • lollamape

    ‘Dream Team’ = Nightmare Team? *giggle*

    And LOL at XIII, so freaking chessy..

  • NatashaS

    I’m pretty excited, WAY better than last years panel.

  • http://www.jstamers.com/ Jordan Seltzer

    First panel w out a black judge.

  • NatashaS

    As opposed to what? Harry will at least be entertaining and I can see them having chemistry. Don’t hate before you see them in action together!

  • Mateja Praznik

    LOL @ the new logo. The old one with XIII added. Another proof that the show is not capable of any substantial change.

  • jujubee22

    Dream Team??? lololololololol

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Harry!!! Finally. Harry!

  • NatashaS

    I’m interested.

  • HermeticallySealed

    What a joke.

  • Guest

    Should I get out a violin for you?

  • D Tyler

    I was just reading comments on this at Facebook. Surprisingly to me, most liked JLo coming back and were excited about Harry. Keith apparently made a good impression last year and the comments were positive on his return. As for me, JLO, just NO!!! Harry, I will wait and see. Keith, Im glad they brought him back. Randy is like a leach, you can’t get rid of him lol. I will miss Jimmys comments.

  • minecraftman108

    Am very happy with the three judges!!!!!!!!!! I’ve wanted Harry as a judge for a while now and I love Keith!!!!!!!! And JLo doesn’t bother me!!!!!!!!!!! I am excited to see what these three can do for the show!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dangrey

    I’ll honestly take this. I really don’t “get” Idol’s love affair with Jennifer Lopez, but after last season she’s proven to not be the worst choice as a judge; albeit it is ironic that she has any part in making or breaking talent that is much more talented than her. Keith did a great job last season and was the only judge who didn’t really take away from any of the contestants last season (the same can’t be said for Randy, Mariah, or Nicki) and Harry has been sought after for years. He’s fair, honest, and has tons of charisma. I’m excited for him. Randy as mentor is questionable, I’ve always enjoyed Jimmy in that spot and think he really brought something to the show after Simon left.

  • albean99

    Best looking Idol panel. :) I’m actually happy with this. I like HCJ and both he & Keith have a sense of humor. I’m okay with JLo. Randy meh but at least he’s not a judge. I’ll give them a chance at least and I didn’t think I would after last season.

  • Kariann Hart

    Reading this article actually did impress me a bit and I am excited. JLo simply has to become a better judge. Most important still remains excellent, talented contestants!

  • jpfan2

    I think the cheesy XIII is to avoid unlucky 13. ;0

    It’s not a bad panel. JLo and Randy, yawn. But I like HC Jr.

  • bridgette12

    As the media is saying, they are a true Dream Team, they will put you to sleep.

  • bridgette12

    More like, “We couldn’t get anyone else and this is what we are left with team”. A sad state of affairs for Idol, months to come up with a judges panel and again they screw it up.

  • Incipit

    “LOL @ the new logo.”

    Heh. It’s an economy move, Mateja Praznik. Like charging the cast for Craft Services. Do you have any idea of the cost to change all the signage and the Logo beyond what they have been set up to do, change the number each new season? (Seriously, that ‘is’ costly)

    They needed to save that money for JLo’s salary! *snerk*

  • Denise

    JLo will have to up her game quite a bit if she doesn’t want to get left in the dust. Keith and Harry have already proven they can be formidable judges.

  • Guest

    so bummed, but I mean we all knew it was coming

  • Incipit

    “I will miss Jimmys comments.”

    I won’t. That Faux Cowell Schtick was annoying, just an armchair quarterback – - and ought to be un-necessary if the judges do their job!. But maybe they will use the same writer to compile internet comments for Randy. It could be interesting if he suddenly acquires a vocabulary that doesn’t consist of “Dog” “In it to win it” “For you, for me” – etc.

  • KrystalKox

    I don’t see how they screwed it up, there is already a good response from the casuals, something I didn’t see with the S12 panel.

  • Garrett Clayman

    Oh great! Now the producers have three mouthpieces. Have any of these people ever follow their own scripts not Nigel’s grrrr

  • KrystalKox

    Nigel isn’t even on the show anymore…

  • Garrett Clayman

    but they have to learn to follow their own script. Jlo was so biased to Haley, Keith to Janelle, and Harry to Amber ugh what is the point of even having judges??

  • Incipit

    Jake, Google Harry Connick Jr and Idol and check what people are saying around the internet – comments sections elsewhere are just as interesting as they are here. The viewer interest thing seems to be working…and the majority is Pro Harry.

  • alar borja

    well.. for me ..” yawn ” is Keith Urban..somehow I blank off when he gives those long, drawn out comments , like ” hurry up pls.! ” .. sort of like being in class and wanting the professor to maybe give clues for the coming exam.

    Looking forward to see HCJ ( pls don’t disappoint and ramble ) and as mentioned by someone earlier .. JLo is getting lots of positive remarks on FB,, surprised about this considering how she has been roasted with comments.before.. What kind of chemistry will the new Season have and most esp excited for the next batch of hopefuls.

  • jake

    I actually dont mind Keith and Harry but Jlo cannot sing herself so why
    is she judging others? Plus she is the biggest personality of the 3 so I
    see her dominating air time…yay!!!

  • KrystalKox

    I don’t remember Keith being biased against Janelle.

  • jake

    I did not see Keith’s bias toward Janelle…he was actually kind of harsh toward a couple of her performances

  • teekee

    Well, I’m not excited, but am interested In seeing what Harry will bring to the live judging rounds. Liked his mentoring, but still think he(like those before him), will become a scripted producer’s mouth piece. Hope that I’m wrong.

  • Incipit

    Nope. JLo can’t sing. Neither could Cowell, I never heard Jimmy sing a note – and Randy didn’t ever get paid for his vocals either. Now Pauler? That’s an auto-tune moment too.

    That’s the least of my problems with her. But I also don’t foresee her personality overpowering Harry’s.

    JMO.

  • Garrett Clayman

    yes too harsh for absolutely no reason and without any reason behind his critique, it was a country thing and it really bothered me she was on an unfair curve

  • Ronnie D

    First, Ryan looks like a villain from a James Bond movie in that publicity pic. lol I don’t think this judging panel is overall that bad! Jlo is more tolerable than some previous judges, Keith is eye candy and can put a sentence together pretty well, and Harry will be the the one who actually knows what he is talking about. Randy being a mentor seems to fit, and I bet he will be tougher now than when he was judging. Now, they REALLY need to find some AMAZING talent in order for it to all work.

  • jake

    Agree to disagree and I cannot wait for one of her autotuned performances during the show at one point…been there, done that….

  • Ronnie D

    I was thinking the same thing! Jennifer has to show she can do more than sit there and look pretty!

  • Incipit

    Okay, jake. You are braver than I am – I draw the line at actually watching her “perform”. But I wouldn’t have watched Cowell ‘sing’ either.

    *wink*

  • Anny_nanny

    Harry Connick, Jr. ?@HarryConnickJR

    so excited to be on @AmericanIdol!!! i’ve already judged my wife and daughters like three times this morning. do they sell gavels on amazon?

  • jake

    I think he was spot on with the performances he was harsh with. Janelle did have some bad weeks on the show and if the male performers were stronger she never would have made it to the top 5.

  • KrystalKox

    If you search “watch idol again” on twitter, there are a lot saying they will due to Harry.

  • jake

    Lol!!!

  • jcabby

    I actually like this panel. Of course, it’s wait and see, but I’m really excited about Harry Connick Jr. He brings knowledge, honesty, and humor which will probably push the rest of the panel to step up. Can’t wait to see how this goes!

  • Mel432

    As some others have said zzzzzzzzzzzz. Haven’t watched for several years, and will not watch this coming year. I’ll just check out mjs for comments and performances.

  • http://www.jmsporthorse.com naturallivng

    JLo looks like she should be on a historical romance book cover..lol

  • pj

    I think Harry has to potential to be both funny and a judge with actual constructive critiques. Could have done without J-LO though.

  • jane

    I don’t like J-Lo, but I’m happy enough about Keith and Harry Connick, Jr. that I’ll take it! I hope this is the re-boot they need. I’m looking forward to watching!!

  • Larc

    They didn’t hire JLo to sing, but to judge. Unfortunately, she can’t do that either gauging by the 2 seasons she already failed at the job. JLo’s getting paid a ridiculously huge salary just to promote herself. Maybe she has something on somebody at FOX or Idol. ;)

  • http://www.jmsporthorse.com naturallivng

    How “do” you know that Jimmy Iovine wasn’t capable of bringing his own opinion to the results night? After all, he is the Chairman of a very successful record label – I don’t think you get to be Chairman because you copy comments from the internet. I liked that he could see through the fake hype and karaoke… I am going to miss him – he was the only honest part of the show.

  • jpfan2

    The concept of “judging” requires judgment which means they shouldn’t like everyone. If they do they’ll be completely useless.

  • Garrett Clayman

    you have to put everyone on the same level…he didn’t

  • bridgette12

    Idol needs more than the casuals, they need people who actually want to watch their show, not flee from it.

  • Incipit

    “…he is the Chairman of a very successful record label.”

    Certainly is, naturalliving. That’s not the point. What he ‘isn’t’ is a good extemporaneous speaker. That first season with the mentoring, showed that, even ‘with’ editing – and he said he had no wish to be judging in real time. The show runners knew that – they even teased him about forgetting people’s names.

    The only kinda good thing? Those comments were the day “after’ the performance, when they couldn’t affect the voting for that week at all.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • bridgette12

    Can’t blame JLO for taking the money, whether it’s Idol or some third world dictator, she don’t turn down easy money. I blame Idol for repeating the same mistakes and expecting a different result.

  • hellomusicgirl

    I am in wait-and-see mode on this panel.

    JLo is a meh returnee for me because she really was a disappointment when it came to the live shows. I had kind of the same issue with Keith last year because I was excited by him in the audition rounds (like with JLo at first) but then we it got to the live shows it seemed like he was there just to tow the company line in many of his critiques. I did find him more enjoyable than JLo and her ridiculous “goosies” though.

    I’m cautiously optimistic about Harry. I loved the fact that he wasn’t afraid to make his opinions known as a mentor. So many mentors come in and just say “that’s great!” to the contestants. Whether you agreed with his viewpoint or not, at least he had one. I hope that isn’t wiped out like with JLo and Keith when it comes to the live shows.

  • Incipit

    OK. That’s funny. Thanks, Anny_nanny.

  • girlygirl

    Whose “dream team” is this suppose to be? Not mine, that’s for sure. This panel may not be the trainwreck that last year’s panel was, but it doesn’t exactly generate much excitement, either. Maybe it will turn out that they have good chemistry as a panel and maybe this year TPTB will actually allow the judges to give honest critiques without trying to manipulate the viewers. Maybe this year they will put the emphasis back on the contestants. Maybe this year they will actually spend some money to clear more interesting, current songs and won’t have the same old tired, old-fashioned, boring theme weeks. And maybe this year’s group of contestants will have some real potential stars.

    But that’s a lot of maybes, so I’m not holding my breath.

  • girlygirl

    Not necessarily. Maybe Harry will turn out to be a diva, lollll

  • Montavilla

    I just rewatched Beatles week from last season (performance and results) and, I have to say, they did some good behind the scenes stuff with Jimmy. They did show him working with the kids on their Beatles songs and he had really smart stuff to say.

    For example, he told Candice not to stress about the lyrics for “Come Together,” which goes against what you should for almost every other song in the world. But not that one, because John Lennon sometimes did just use words for the sounds they made, instead of the meaning. And you see Candice visibly relax after that note.

    Also, you could see him trying to help Lazaro by giving him a click track.

    But, Randy knows this sort of stuff, too. I’m sure he can be helpful. And I’m looking forward to hearing him say something other than his catchphrases.

  • sdmama

    Instead of focusing on negativity, I can actually spin this positive way. Aye, Keith, aye Harry, finally! Randy is not judge any more! No bickering between two women judges this year! This is a tremendous improvement from last year. Shocking.

  • LeoCS

    “Dream Team” because this team will put everyone to sleep?

  • Montavilla

    While I’m dreading the JLo performances we’ll have to endure throughout the season, I think she, Randy, and Steven picked some pretty good performers during their two seasons.

    What I’m hoping is that JLo will display her sharp intelligence in her critiques, rather than trying to be everyone’s fairy godmother. But, even if she does fall back on the “goosies,” there will still be Harry to deliver the tough love.

    Be strong, Harry!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Harry Connick, Jr., a bona-fide musical genius and fantastic IDOL mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars”

    OK. So they are setting Harry up to be “honest”. I’ll be interested to see how this pans out over the course of the season. lol

  • BluSky

    Many negative comments here… Kind of expected — obviously, there is no team that would satisfy everyone…
    But i just wonder, who do you think would create a perfect panel? Is there such a thing, really??

  • bridgette12

    You can’t create a perfect panel and Idol didn’t need a perfect panel. What they needed was some judges that people actually wanted to see and create some interest among the fans and the media. All you got now is some people saying, JLO and Keith again and Harry who.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    According to the Grammy website, JLo hasn’t won a Grammy.

  • Jason Gorny

    Any pictures of the judges at the panel in Boston yet?

  • Incipit

    I just finished reading the whole thing – and I noticed that right away, fuzzywuzzy . So Harry said, ” you need to be completely honest” and the Idol press kit is using ‘honest’ as his tag..

    Maybe they figured out that judges could be honest without being mean – instead of going in the opposite direction, where everything is goosies and beautiful? That would be progress.

    He also said in a post show interview in May that he was bummed the edit left out the part where he told the contestants to take it or leave it, it was just his opinion.

    We shall see how this works out.

    Also. That’s really a great write-up, mj. Very comprehensive.

  • BluSky

    yeah.. i just checked JLo’s wiki – she was nominated a few times, but never won a Grammy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    But what if Harry’s “honest” opinion advocates for a contestant that goes against the producers’ agenda/pimping (or vice versa)? That will be the real test. Yeah, we shall see how this works out, but I’m skeptical.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    On her wiki page, there are 2 Grammy nominations but no wins.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_Jennifer_Lopez#Grammy_Awards

  • emlz

    I’m not unhappy with the panel, but I’m not particularly excited either. Maybe they were purposely trying not to ruffle any feathers, but it’s just the same old to me. I think playing it safe will stop the bleeding, but I’m not sure it will bring many viewers back.

  • CB40

    If they don’t clear more songs, none of this matters.

  • Jason Gorny

    Well from the comments I’ve seen on FB and Twitter, a lot of them are very very happy that Nicki and Mariah are gone and that they will watch the show again. So we will see what the rating is like in January lol

  • bridgette12

    Lol! There are two words that should never be in the same sentence with JLO, Grammy and humanitarian.

  • http://www.jmsporthorse.com naturallivng

    But you make reference to him copying internet comments and I am wondering how you know that? Is there a link? I’ve never seen anything that proves to me he copies from blogger comments.

    I think he is a very smart man and can recognize the talent.

    And most important? He has the numbers as to who is selling and who is getting the most votes. That’s what I think he based his comments on.

    I saw the comedy bit they did with Jimmy and his forgetting Jennifer’s name, but over 5 months, there are going to be a lot of bloopers from every participant on a show, reality or otherwise. It’s all about the editing.
    Replacing Jimmy with Randy Jackson is going to be the worst part of this upcoming season

  • elliegrll

    This is not an exciting or interesting panel, and worst of all, they give off the vibe that nothing has changed. They don’t give off any energy, or instill confidence that this season will be different.

    I’m not going to hold my breath that the producers will cast contestants who are both interesting and talented. Those who will know that they need to mix things up to hold people’s interest, or contestants who realize that it is in their best interests to have a strong personality, as well as a strong stage presence.

  • elliegrll

    Those people who comment on facebook represent a small fraction of the viewers, and according to their comments, they weren’t the ones who have stopped watching over the past two seasons.

  • Incipit

    Quite a few people over the course of the last two seasons noticed that those hindsight comments were the very same things that many Idol bloggers were saying the next day, naturalliving , I’m not the only observant one…and I noted it was My Opinion.

    I think Iovine recognizes the music trends that are making money at the moment (he’s got all the numbers for those) – not necessarily talent. That’s not what he sells, or signs – (No matter what he said to Joshua last year, or about anyone this season during the show)

    And basing the commentary on the vote, assuming he was privy to those numbers, certainly makes a person ‘look’ all-knowing – but even the judges don’t have those yet when they are commenting – If true, I find it disingenuous.

    Now, what Randy will add in this new position, IDK – but I will notice if his vocabulary and speaking style takes a jump!

    JMO.

  • Denise

    I wanted to see HCJ on the show. I have wanted that for at least 3 years. I speak for myself but I know I’m not alone. Maybe people are saying Harry who but a lot of people said Nicki who last year. The world does not consist of only people under 35.

  • OMG

    Ewwwwww. There’s no fresh new faces. Keith, J.Lo, Randy’s been there. Harry’s been on as mentor or whatever. I thought it there will be an over haul? This is like using the same nuts and bolts and no new parts. Ho hum news. It’s just like eating vanilla ice cream. Nothing exciting.

  • Incipit

    That’s gonna work for me, OMG – a good Vanilla is my absolute favorite ice cream because it’s the best foundation – you add all the specialty ingredients and toppings to that – but it doesn’t work if the vanilla ice cream is not tasty to start with.

    Hope we have a good strong judging panel – and the contestants can provide all the flavors.

    IMO.

  • Incipit

    Skeptical is probably a very logical reaction to anything Idol PTB does or says – and that includes FOX.

    What does that make us, “optimistically pessimistic”, or vice versa? Heh.

  • CanadianLady

    All I know is it has to be way better than last year. And probably better than the year before that since Steven had kind of checked out. I’m happy.

  • elliegrll

    These three would have to kick it up a notch, or ten, in order to be vanilla. They are bland.

  • CanadianLady

    I don’t want an exciting panel. I want exciting contestants!

  • CanadianLady

    Guys are fine, but I’d like someone other than JLo.

  • elliegrll

    This panel doesn’t lead me to believe that the producers will cast exciting contestants. One of the problems that the producers are going to face is that the panel will set the tone of the initial auditions, or the way that the are edited will set the tone, and this panel is not going to get people to tune in during the early episodes.

  • Amy Beth

    It would feel more like a dream team if so much of the negotiating wasn’t done publicly.

  • Jordana33

    More like a sleep-inducing team.

  • Jordana33

    The plus side of this panel is that maybe all the disgruntled Idol viewers who gravitated to the Voice (because they hated Nicki) and screwed up the voting on the Voice, will now gravitate back to watching American idol.

  • Jordana33

    I think they are all equally dull.

  • Happyhexer

    For once, we’re in complete agreement. And if this panel is what the new blood considers a change, then I think we can safely assume that we’ll have the same old tired themes, truncated song list, and meddlesome manipulation, with TPTB speaking through the judges. And with less turnout for auditions and more competition from other reality-singing shows, the likelihood of finding a good group to make up for other shortcomings is likely nil.

  • Happyhexer

    Big time!

  • Pippygirl

    I know you liked Nicky (I did too at times) and she certainly wasn’t bland but the chemistry of that panel was totally off. This group might have a better dynamic and I think it will.
    Everyone talks about how great The Voice judges are but are they really so exciting? Personally I don’t see that individually there is anything great about them. However the combination apparently works for whatever reason. The new idol panel might be the same.

  • Happyhexer

    Oh, I’m sure they’ll have promotions for her two films as well as her performing a song from her new album. Would love to see her album tank despite her Idol presence. Oh, well, we’ll see. Maybe with a enough autotuning and a good enough song, I won’t cringe.

  • Happyhexer

    Perfect, no. Better than this? Hell, yes!

  • Happyhexer

    I want both.

  • CanadianLady

    Well, I loved both season 10 and 11, so anything close to that will work for me.

  • CanadianLady

    I think this panel could be good. Not crazy good; intelligent good.

  • elliegrll

    It’s not about Nicky. It’s about the producers of this show continuing to pander to one demographic. AI didn’t gain the popularity that it did or become a pop culture staple by just trying to appeal to one group. It’s sad that the producers of this show would cast someone like Lazaro or Zoanette, but can’t see the potential in someone like Shubha Vedula or Breanna Steer.

    The panel just makes me think that this season will be a continuation of a pattern that started during the season six.

  • yaddabing

    I don’t get the big fuss. Yeah, it’s not a *brand new* panel, but I think dumping the entire panel and starting from scratch wouldn’t have been a good idea. They need to evolve the show, not make it almost unrecognizable. I think JLo is a good pick (although I do love her, *if* the $17.5 million is true, she’s grossly overpaid), she seems to be well received by the general public, which is who they need to win back over. I mean, hardcore Idol fans want Adam Lambert for christ’s sake. No matter how much they want to believe he would be perfect for the job, despite him possibly giving the best critiques possible, he’s not going to draw in the general public.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I don’t get the big fuss. Yeah, it’s not a *brand new* panel, but I think dumping the entire panel and starting from scratch wouldn’t have been a good idea.

    Because the news bite, three months ago, was that TPTB were dumping the old panel and starting fresh. Instead, the only newbie is HCJr, who’s on record as being opposed to any interpretation of a song that differs from the original, so there’s the end to “flipping” that TPTB tried to achieve last season by means of godawful themes, ultra-limited song lists, and straight-up telling contestants not to do it. Anybody who gets up there with a creative reinterpretation better have the skin of a rhino, since HCJr’s tongue is sharp.

    If this is innovation on the judging panel, it doesn’t augur well for there being any innovation on the song lists or other issues.

  • Jason Gorny

    Your first look @JLo in Boston for American Idol XIII auditions! #idol pic.twitter.com/dFwUZfJYTg— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) September 3, 2013

    She looks good. I expect we will be getting a picture of the new judging panel either today or tomorrow.

  • yaddabing

    Eh, I’m not worrying about all that just yet.

    I think Jesse and Evan are more in charge of that (the musical side of the competition), and I highly doubt that they will be sticking to more of the same. I’m not going to be making any judgments until the live shows start.

  • Emmuzka

    That’s why they kept Randy as a mentor, so no-one could throw the racist card.
    Also, who cares? “Black” is not a music genre, and the color of the contestant’s skin isn’t supposed to matter, so why would a judges?

  • shell29

    I don’t know if I agree that the producers don’t see potential in Shubha or Breanna. Breanna was chosen to be part of the Top 20 but she just didn’t get the votes. I don’t know if Shubha is auditioning for season 13 (I refuse to use the Roman numerals), but if she does I wouldn’t be surprised if they put her through to the voting rounds this time.

    The producers can put through interesting, entertaining contestants into the semifinal rounds but if the audience doesn’t want to vote for them what else can they do?

  • Anny_nanny

    It’s great, but I have not run a link on the pic. (

  • voco_qara

    I’m actually excited about this panel particularly the dynamic between Harry and Keith. They’re both intelligent but appreciate different things musically. It leaves it open for some interesting musical debates

  • taylor

    Breanna was chosen by the producers to be part of the top 10 girls. It was the Idol voters that didn’t want her in their top 5 girls.

  • vdawg

    I am very happy with this group. I love Harry and Keith and JLo was better than Mariah or Nicki.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Eh, I think I’ve done my share of reserving judgment while TPTB cheerfully lied. I started a list of unkept promises from S10 and later, then decided it was an off-topic, mostly because it’s agonizingly long and covers such a wide range of issues — on every one of which, we were promised great innovations, then got “worse of the same.”

    If the innovation we were promised circa S10 had happened, the show would not now be nearly so “tired and old.” I no longer believe any of the stakeholders have any better ideas than trying to restage early seasons.

  • LA944

    First, I’m glad they are back to 3 judges. Four is too many. It’s too much talk and not enough music.

    Very happy about HCJ. I think he’s smart, funny and musical. He can think on his feet. So, I would be surprised if I didn’t like his judging this season–even if I disagree with him. Keith was ok last yr–but that panel was such a downer–I don’t think he had a chance to shine. So, I’m curious how he will do this season.

    I could do without JLO and her salary is NUTS –but she’s better than Nikki and Mariah. IA that a lot of the general veiwers probably liked her or at least liked looking at her. My husband certainly did and thinks she is gorgeous. No argument from me–she is stunning

  • H.A.

    The Dream Team? Idol blew an opportunity to make real changes and they failed. There were so many other choices they could have went with. They didn’t need big names but artists that were at least seen as relevant. Instead we get old, washed up irrelevant judges. Keith maybe still relevant but he had his chance and brought nothing new. Idol continues to pander to their demo but what fans are failing to see is that the Idol contestants who are young and who one day have to go out in the real world will feel the effect eventually. The old fashion feeling of the show isn’t going to help them. I personally think the stink of the show will not only hurt the past Idols but any new Idol contestants trying out for this show.

  • chloe18

    This is the first panel since they started switching judges that doesn’t have anyone I’m curious about. Steven and Nicki had me interested enough to check out an episode or two to see how they’d do and go from there. I didn’t find anyone on the panel or Randy that interesting their 1st go around so can’t see bothering watching it. Seems weird they couldn’t at least come up with one new person to Ai to raise the curiosity factor.

  • lkingcorn

    And that would be worse than Jlos goosies and self promotion. I have a conspiracy theory that she has some inside ties to the show orvTPTB. OTT probably but not unthinkable.

  • jpfan2

    Plenty of Idols are doing fine so I’m not sure what you mean about the “stink of the show.” Carrie, Kelly, Phillip, etc. haven’t been hurt at all by their association with the show. I’m not sure how doing your music in front of 10 million people weekly hurts any new artist in the slightest.

  • lkingcorn

    I actually would have paid to hear Simon sing.

  • H.A.

    Carrie and Kelly are the only Idols that have broken through. Kelly being the first Idol and Carrie being the first Country star from a reality TV show. Talk to me about Phillip after his 2nd album is released. Almost every Idol winner has seen success with their first album because of the artificial inflation of their sales. There will be a pattern that will continue for obvious reasons.

  • Incipit

    “”HCJr, who’s on record as being opposed to any interpretation of a song that differs from the original,”

    Ya know, As far as I understand it, that is NOT what he said, Eilonwy, but I get that this is a matter of the show’s edits and the viewer’s interpretation. Not gonna quibble.

    It’s immaterial anyway unless there are contestants cast who are capable of innovation, and the producers are willing to relax the Death Grip of Control and let them try it. It has to start there – before it ever gets anywhere near the judges – so I’m much more curious about what the new producers will do than I am about what the judges will say.

    JMO.

  • H.A.

    The market is over saturated with realty TV contestants and moreso with Idols. Idols should have taken a year or two break and really got their act together or better yet go out on top. If they came back after a few years the general public may have been more interested in seeing a new and improved Idol. Right now for me it is more of the same. I don’t think for one second the contestants they will choose will bring in the buzz that they once did .

  • chloe18

    I agree about Ai focusing too much on one demographic and agree that’s part of what has made the show boring. It’s interesting to see how many people find Harry and Keith so attractive and funny or engaging, while I don’t see it at all

  • jpfan2

    I’m pretty past contestants are happy they had decent sales with album #1 even if #2 flopped. If that happens to Phillip, he’ll still be better off than he was before Idol so I’m not sure how anyone can argue that Idol “hurt” him or the others.

    I’ll be happy to see him back on Idol and doubt he risks” hurting” his career by appearing in front of x million people.

  • Taichee

    The “stink?” LOL what stink? So far the overall response to this panel has been very positive.

  • Taichee

    Carrie and Kelly aren’t the only ones who have broken through. Fantasia is a huge R&B star. Mandisa is big in the Christian music world. Colton is already doing well with Christian music. Scotty has had a very good first era. Daughtry has faded, but he is someone who broke through past the idol bubble. Jennifer Hudson-need I say more?

  • H.A.

    Not to the media who will set the tone and narrative. The Idol bloggers will do their best to stay positive. The positive response is coming from hardcore Idol fans who make up a small portion of the show.

  • Taichee

    How is Harry dull? There was never a dull moment when he was mentoring!

  • H.A.

    Except for Fantasia I disagree with everything else.

  • Taichee

    Actually, the casuals are the ones who seem to be happy with the panel. It’s a lot of the hardcore fans here who seem to hate it :)

  • Taichee

    Well what I said is true and its better than what anybody from The Voice and X Factor are doing.

  • mmb

    The judging panel is…..fine. Not exciting, not groundbreaking, not new and improved….but basically, ok. I don’t think that they will be a disaster like last year. Not even close. Per usual, the success of the show will rise and fall on the strength and diversity of the contestants cast by the producers. I think HCJ will be a good, opinionated, entertaining judge..but I do chuckle a bit because for all the talk of finding relevant, radio ready artists, and the need for judges who have had significant pop radio (or behind the scenes) careers, HCJ has never,ever been that. He is a a jazz/big band/standards artist. He has sold a lot of albums, but he has never had a big hit single, never had a radio hit. He is not a rock/pop/r&b/country artist — which is what Idol purports to try to find. For all the Idol bubble (and former Idol judge) derision re: Broadway, HCJ main activity over the last few years is Broadway, having successfully starred in two musicals. He is also a television and movie actor. None of that disqualifies him from being a judge IMO — I think he will do well in the role. Its just a little funny

  • Taichee

    So people are calling the judges boring. How is Harry boring? Because he’s “old?” Old people can be fun too! Younger judges have proven to be disasters(Britney, Nicki).

  • voco_qara

    “There were so many other choices they could have went with”

    We don’t know that. I have a feeling they were running out of options and running out of time. Yes it wouldve been good to have someone new and more relevant but there’s also a lot of risk in that we dont know how the audience would’ve responded to their personality since they’re untested. And personality is the most important thing.

    And to be fair, a lot of people wanted Keith back, Harry has always gotten positive responses from many viewers everytime he’s mentored and jlo has always been popular with casual viewers.

  • Garrett Clayman

    The biggest thing is there is no intrigue or like “what will they say next” about any of these judges. When I told my 83 year old grandma she said to me ‘what? i guess he needs the work” and she is that demo

  • Taichee

    If you look on the idol Facebook page virtually everybody commenting is happy Jennifer is back(look at the pic of her in Boston) and many of them said they didn’t watch last year. Looks like idol is bringing back some former viewers!

  • imozone

    Must really suck to have your first single go quadruple-platinum and the second reach platinum status already. At least they have the support of nay-sayers who are already hoping their second album fails before the first is even remotely finished succeeding.

  • onebirdlover1

    Agreed! Never watched the show for the judges. Don’t care how thrilling the judging panel is. I decide for myself who to vote for and don’t always agree with them.

  • Wfish88

    I’m acually exited for this panel. If you look at the females who’ve judged on IDOL (Kara,Ellen, Paula, Mariah, Nicki), I think JLO has been close to the best. I think Harry will bein the panel together with his humor & I’m exited for his judging!! Keith was fine last year, and should get more comfortable this year… Randy I could do without.

  • OMG

    Here’s that pic of J LO in bean town.

  • Incipit

    ” None of that disqualifies him from being a judge IMO — I think he will do well in the role. Its just a little funny…”

    I like your observations, mmb. I was also wondering how the Label, which so often tries to fit a niche artist into a more commercial slot, feels about a judge who, in the words of Montavilla, is “..an example of someone who chose to make the music he loves rather than the music that sells. And then he sold it pretty damn well.”

    I can see their position, being obliged to sign the winner – they try to make it profitable for themselves with a mainstream sure thing – - but Harry’s not an example of that at all.

    Interesting.

    IMO.

  • Anny_nanny

    Thanks!

  • Sharon S.

    And with less turnout for auditions and more competition from other
    reality-singing shows, the likelihood of finding a good group to make up
    for other shortcomings is likely nil.

    If Season 13 (oh, excuse me, Season XIII) doesn’t wind up with a strong group of contestants, the lower turnout for the auditions will not be to blame, IMO. Every single year, contestants with great potential and talent are cut before the finals, because they haven’t fit the producers’ narrative for the season. If the narrative this year will be to find a compelling, diverse group of singers, without an obvious bias toward a desired winner, it will go a long way toward having a successful, entertaining season.

    The judging panel doesn’t do a thing for me. J Lo was one of the reasons I stopped watching after Season 10, and while I would never question his qualifications for the job, I found HC, Jr. insufferable when he mentored during Season 9 (didn’t see him last season). I have no particular opinion about Keith one way or the other. I still can’t believe so many heads rolled and we wound up with this particular panel in the end – and I found the reference in the HR story to Idol’s “key older female demographic” telling for any number of reasons. It makes me suspect that any “changes” will be window dressing at best.

    The song remains the same.

  • AdenEsh

    Boring judges but I can live with that if they have great contestants with great current choice of music. Less talk please and more music. It would be nice if they moved the judges table to the side just like SYTYCD. Make performances 2 mins. for each contestant and less coherent critiques.

  • onebirdlover1

    Many more working in all fields. Check out the top earners from AI. You’ll be surprised at who is on the list and how much they are worth. Matt Rogers who is a past contestant shows up on cable shows as an emcee, for instance.

  • chloe18

    lol I was up late this summer and saw him selling hair plugs on an infomercial for Bosley. I recognized his face and went on their website to find out who it was. No shame though, I would do it too if they paid me enough.
    .http://www.bosley.com/

  • thirdtime

    Is that the new logo? I like it, reminds me of the Super Bowl and reminds everyone just how long Idol has been around. All the casual watcher I know are thrilled with this panel and said they are watching again this year after tuning out last year. This should be really interesting to see the ratings.

  • Ann Freeman

    Loving the judging panel except JLo. Last yr panel was a failure,except Keith. Nikki Manj should have left b4 live shows started – Ugh Too much emphasis were on the judges instead of the contestant. Maybe this will be a better yr – finger crossed.

  • EB

    Good panel, I say. Boring, sure. Relevant? Not really. But after the crazy last season, I don’t really care… just give me concise, mature adults that won’t fight with each other, call people stupid nicknames and speak in fake accents, etc. etc.

    And, give me good contestants again, please. Likable ones that don’t all loathe each other and are not arrogant and also total nitwits about music.

  • Eileen99

    lol Ryan what is that picture?

    I’m actually really, really excited about this panel. I’m one who didn’t mind JLo too much and I love love love HCJ. I think he’ll be an honest & knowledgeable judge. His fan base is established so he won’t be worrying about upsetting any Idol watchers. Great choice. (nice picture, too)

  • bridgette12

    You can watch both shows because they are not on at the same time. People fleeing Idol didn’t leave just because of Nicki, this show was boring as hell. People are not going to gravitate back to Idol when there are better or more interesting shows on. If they left to watch others shows, maybe they found something better.

  • dabney_c

    HCJr? I haven’t been keeping up the last week or so, so this is a total shocker to me. I didn’t realize he was even being considered!

    Not a bad team, imo. I can see potentially good chemistry happening here.

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t think he said that either. I think he said you should know the original. You should show you know how to deliver a song before you start reinterpreting it. I liken it to an art student, learning to draw, learning to paint and studying the great masters before attempting to become the next avant garde artist. Know your craft first, before experimenting.

  • Karen C

    If they did that they would run the risk of a different show like the Xfactor gaining more popularity, or this kind of show no longer being popular at all.

  • Guest

    My dream team line up would’ve been Keith, Adam Lambert and Cher.

  • HKfan

    I actually thought that one of Keiths plus points last year, was that he made fairly short to the point critiques, no rambling.

  • Jason Gorny

    Yeah for real! I don’t expect it to be like Season 10 or 11 ratings but hopefully a little bit higher than Season 12 and stabilize from that point on.

  • tomr

    I am happy with this panel. SOOOOOOOO happy that Nicki is gone! Now just select finalists that are not matronly/boring/flamboyant and we’ll be all set. Getting rid of the use of instruments, like the early seasons, would be welcome indeed! At least these three judges are likeable.

  • mchcat

    So true – I love Idol and wanted to watch even with Nicki – I just didn’t like the talent this year. Too boring

  • mchcat

    Right on – get some good contestants and people will be back

  • mchcat

    Me too

  • taptap

    Wait a sec, I thought it was absolutely impossible that AI would put together a panel of judges without a black person on it?

    I said it before, and I stand by it; JLo is considered the black person on this panel, cause that’s the way AI rolls…

  • HKfan

    That would have been a great panel:)

  • taptap

    Sharp intelligence?

    I hope I’m just too tired and missing the sarcasm font.

  • HKfan

    I’m not overly excited about this panel, but I do think it will be a huge improvement on last years. I think Keith got a bit lost in all the squabbles last year, he actually made some good critiques, and did some one good liners. Don’t know anything about HCJ apart from what I’ve seen as a mentor. Jlo is nice to look at and doesnt play with her hair constantly like Minaj and Mariah so thats a plus!!.
    I just want better songs, and much better contestants, and better theme.. The last 3 seasons have been so lacklustre and bland nothing exciting. The only one I’ve been remotely interesting in seeing what she’s up to is Haley. I haven’t even finished watching the last 3 seasons, and s12 was just the worst, even worse than s9.

  • taptap

    not matronly/boring/flamboyant only leaves wgwg though, and if you take away their guitars, that will be not just vanilla, but vanilla to the 3rd degree.

  • alterego

    I mean, hardcore Idol fans want Adam Lambert for christ’s sake. No matter how much they want to believe he would be perfect for the job, despite him possibly giving the best critiques possible, he’s not going to draw in the general public.

    I disagree. The producers know him, having worked on VH1′s Diva. If they really felt that he would be someone who can bring in big ratings, they would have snatched him up. He’s wanted to do it for the last couple of years.

  • http://talkinaboutmovies.blogspot.com Brenoga

    The best thing about this panel is that there’s no RANDY JACKSON on it. I know, i know he’s not COMPLETELY gone but we all know that’s never gonna happen. he’s been there since the first dinosaur was born.

  • Montavilla

    I think she’s a very intelligent person. I don’t think she could have gotten to where she is without considerable smarts. But I think it’s really hard for a woman to criticize others in public without getting a bitch reputation.

  • curlyenta

    I’m not sure why they rehired JLo. It was during her tenure that the ratings started to really decline, especially in the second year. Then they rehired Keith Urban, who again, was on a season – last year – where ratings plummeted. It’s like repeating the same failure and hoping for different results.
    And even tho HCJ looks to be a potentially good, objective and honest judge, I don’t think he can save the show alone. If they [the producers] keep trying to manipulate the results and continue the tradition of the past few seasons of blind cheerleading for mediocre performances, the show will lose even more viewers they can’t afford to lose IMO.

  • taptap

    I think she’s ~savvy enough, but mostly I think it’s a combination of her looks and her management’s skill. She doesn’t seem terribly intelligent to me. I’d say the exact same thing about Beyonce – beautiful but not that bright.

  • Deon Oxivar

    Looking forward to endless J-Lo video premieres & promotions! LOL

  • Bluebeat

    And her new singles better not flop..her last hit was On The Floor…

  • Bluebeat

    Yes there’s no fresh new faces because they want the show to be more about the ‘contestants’ not the judges. Look at the last season, right when Nicki & MC had that fight, the show got criticized because its becoming more about the judges and not the contestants.

  • Bluebeat

    Is that really American Idol’s new logo? With the XIII?

  • jake

    The kids from this past season got the same exposure on TV but their tour could not fill 6,000 seat venues. That is the current state of American Idol. I went to 2 tour shows this summer and both venues were half full at best and the energy level was pathetic…

  • tomr

    There are an awful lot of non-vanilla singers who are not matronly/boring/flamboyant.

  • taptap

    Name 3.

  • taptap

    Name 3.

  • PinkClouds20

    My personal preference is to have a judge from the recording industry, but I’m generally happy with this panel. I think the addition of Harry will be good for the show. Jennifer Lopez has the ability to critique without being offensive to the contestants. Keith was the best judge out of all judges from last year.

    This panel is a big improvement over the Mariah/Nicki disaster of last year.

  • PinkClouds20

    The kids from this past season were boring and that’s reason they could not fill the venues. It really doesn’t matter if you can sing. If you don’t have the ability to perform, or don’t have the look of a pop star, or the music is outdated/unpopular, you’re pretty much doomed.

  • jake

    Whatever the reason, my point was this exposure is no guarantee for future success. This past season will definitely prove that….