Harry Connick Jr. Lands Third ‘American Idol’ Judge Spot Alongside JLo And Keith Urban S13, Highlight Hollywood News
Harry Connick Jr. is returning to American Idol — this time, in a judge’s seat, THR first reported and Highlight Hollywood has confirmed. The singer, who has appeared on the Fox reality competition multiple times as a mentor and performer, has inked a deal to serve as a judge alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the upcoming 13th season.
Connick was a contender for the gig as Fox was reluctant to bring another woman on board after last season’s friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which did not play well with the show’s key older female demographic. While the network had hoped to bring an industry professional into the mix, time is of the essence. Had the show not signed a third judge soon, production could have faced a delay.
On Thursday evening, Idol producer Simon Fuller hosted a small party in the champagne room of Los Angeles hotspot Bouchon with series mainstay Randy Jackson (who will move from judge to mentor in the upcoming season), Urban, Lopez and Connick on hand to toast the forthcoming announcement.
Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun had been widely reported as the show’s next likely candidate after Dr. Luke was officially out, but Braun reportedly passed on the opportunity.