Urban, Lopez, Connick To Return to ‘Idol;’ Nashville Audition Set

rs_560x415-130903171653-1024.2american-idol-urban-loprz-connick.ls.9313Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return as judges and Ryan Seacrest will host American Idol for its 14th season.

Auditions for American Idol XIV will take place in New Orleans (June 25); Uniondale, N.Y. (July 23); Nashville, Tenn. (July 30); and San Francisco (Sept. 29). Additionally, the American Idol XIV will launch a bicoastal bus tour July 9 both in Portland, Me., and Portland, Ore. Hopefuls can also submit auditions online through social media using #TheNextIdol.

“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. Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream,” said David Hill, Senior Executive Vice President, 21st Century Fox.

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

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