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'American Idol' announces dream team for season 10

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. 

"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.

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