‘American Idol’ Gears Up for 13th Season In January

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Pictured (L-R): Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr.

American Idol addicts rejoice — your favorite singing competition returns for a 13th season Jan. 15, with Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez returning to their judges chairs. Joining them on this go-round of the long-running show is Harry Connick Jr., who first appeared last season as a mentor for runner-up Kree Harrison.

Producers mixed up the seats a bit after last season’s drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey in hopes of scoring some better ratings again. And according to eonline.com, Urban, Lopez and Connick Jr. are getting along swimmingly. “I really like them,” Connick said of Lopez and Urban. “We’ll finish shooting and we’ll go have lunch and we all sit at the same table, talking about Jen’s kids, my kids and Keith’s kids.”

The three are also reportedly contemplating doing a number or two together as well this season.”It’s kind of been hinted at,” Connick said. “I’m game for anything. I would totally dig it. You’re talking about three completely different singers. It would be great.”

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