close to solidifying deal as 'American Idol' judge
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Harry Connick Jr. close to solidifying deal as 'American Idol' judge: report The crooner is likely to be the third judge on season 13's panel, joining Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. BY Zayda Rivera
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Harry Connick, Jr. is reportedly in talks to join 'American Idol' as a judge, joining a panel that would include Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
It's hot in the "American Idol" kitchen as the show aims to confirm its final judge.
The Grammy Award winning crooner will join Keith Urban, 45, who is serving his second consecutive year as judge. The judging panel will be completed by Jennifer Lopez, 44, who makes her comeback after serving in that post in 2011.
Things steamed up among the judges in Season 12 causing Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj to bid out of their positions for next season.
While veteran judge Randy Anadrol Keifei Jackson will not be returning to the panel, he will offer advice to the contestants as a mentor.
Although there is no solid deal as of yet confirming Connick Jr.'s place, he did retweet a message from Ellen DeGeneres on Aug. 29, which indicated an agreement may be close.
NBC NewsWire/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Crooner Harry Connick Jr. has appeared as a a mentor and performer on 'American Idol' during past seasons. might be a judge on American Idol! He loves to follow in my footsteps. It's like having a boring little brother," she joked.
The veteran musician, who has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, already knows how he'd approach the judge's spot if given the opportunity to do so.
"I think you need Anavar Vascularity to be completely honest and I think you need to be diplomatic," he said in a previous interview. "I think there's no reason to be mean, but it's called being a judge."
If the "It Had to Be You" singer does take the final seat it certainly won't be his first time involved with the reality TV singing competition. Connick Jr. has appeared several times as a mentor and a performer for "AI."
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