You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day, but you can rest easy knowing Fox has officially confirmed the once-again-updated judges panel for "American Idol."
Keith Urban will be the sole returning judge from last season's panel. He'll be joined by "Idol" hanger-on Jennifer Lopez, who had been a judge on the series in 2011 and 2012 and returned as a guest performer last season, and by former "Idol" mentor Harry Connick Jr., whom the Hollywood Reporter identified as the third member of the jury over the weekend.
The lineup change in the storied franchise follows the exits of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj in the wake of sluggish ratings last season. The casting of judges, which can cost a pretty penny when top-tier talent is involved, seemed especially erratic for the coming season; at one point, it appeared Fox would recruit former "Idol" winners as judges, with Jennifer Hudson mentioned as one possibility. Other names being tossed around included will.i.am. and Dr. Luke.
Fox opted to go in this direction. And it's keeping the big dawg on campus. Randy Jackson, who announced earlier this year that he would not be returning as a judge, will still lend a helping hand, serving as an in-house mentor.
Kevin Reilly, the network's chairman of entertainment, issued the following statement:
The judges begin production on the coming season, dubbed in Super Bowl-style as "American Idol XIII," today in Boston. The season will roll out in January.