FOX made it official Tuesday (Sept. 3), announcing the judges for the upcoming 13th season of “American Idol.” Check out the first picture of the new “dream team” — Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
What do you think of the panel, “Idol” fans? We actually kind of wish this had been the panel after the original dream team of Paula, Simon and Randy was no more (and we’re including the introduction of Kara DioGuardi to that team).
J-Lo has proven to be a sweet, Paula-like judge without the word salad that Paula would spew out a lot of times. Keith Urban, turns out, is the judge we wanted that we never knew we wanted. He’s critical without being mean and encouraging without being too nice. And Harry Connick Jr. has been an outstanding mentor several times on the show. We’ve wanted him on the panel for years.
As much as we like DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres as people, we could’ve done without them. Steven Tyler was funny at first but turned out to be a total waste of space. And let’s not talk about Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
Unfortunately, this excellent panel of Keith, J-Lo and Harry might turn out to be a case of too little, too late for “Idol’s” ratings slide. Last year the show had arguably the most talented Top 5 it has ever had in its history and it still couldn’t draw the ratings it once did.
Will this panel get viewers back?