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'American Idol' taps Lopez, Connick as judges

Los Angeles (AP) Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are joining Keith Urban as "American Idol" judges next season.

Fox TV announced the revamped panel Tuesday, along with a new role for original judge Randy Jackson. Jackson, who stepped down as a panelist after last season, will serve as in-house mentor to the show's contestants.

Pop star and actress Lopez is returning to the show after a two-season run as judge. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several appearances on the singing contest.

Urban's return for a second year of judging was previously announced.

"American Idol" begins its 13th season next January.
 
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