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Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. + Ryan Seacrest Will Return to ‘American Idol’ Season 14

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They’re back! ‘American Idol‘ judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and longtime host Ryan Seacrest will all return for the singing competition’s upcoming 14th (!) season.

“I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith,” ‘Idol’ creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement. “Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can’t wait to see their evolution together continue next season.”

“Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m absolutely ecstatic that they are returning to ‘American Idol’ for another season,” echoed 21st Century Fox Executive Vice President David Hill. “Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.”

We couldn’t agree more! While we love the interaction and relationship between the judges, it is their very unique backgrounds in music (while J. Lo is more R&B and pop, Keith Urban is country and Harry Connick, Jr. is rooted in jazz) that give them their clout. And ‘Idol’ would be nothing without Ryan Seacrest, who is the only original member left on the show.

Want the chance to compete on the show? ‘American Idol’ is holding auditions all around the country and online. For details, visit

Next: See the 'American Idol' Winners Then + Now

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