Keith Urban Returns as “American Idol” Judge

Will join Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest for Season 14.

photo by Michael Becker / FOX

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And, apparently, it ain’t broke. So FOX will welcome back Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and host Ryan Seacrest for the upcoming 14th season of American Idol.

FOX senior executive vice-president David Hill said in a release, “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.”

Idol executive producer Trish Kinane adds, “I am delighted that our Dream Team of Jennifer, Keith and Harry is back for American Idol 14. Their experience, humor and passion for new talent has made them one of Idol’s strongest ever judging panels.”

Auditions for the new season begin June 25 in New Orleans, then go to Long Island on July 23, Nashville on July 30 and San Francisco on Sept. 29.

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