File this under the news we pretty much already knew department. Fox made it official Monday, confirming that Season 14 of American Idol will welcome back all of its familiar faces.
Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban will once again man the judges' table for the singing competition, marking the second consecutive season the trio will serve as arbiters. It will be Lopez's fourth season as judge (she took Season 12 off), Urban's third straight season as a judge, and Connick, Jr.'s second. News of the trio's return has been circulating since early May.
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And in even less surprising news, Ryan Seacrest will once again host American Idol, as he has for the show's entire run. In early May, word leaked that Seacrest signed a deal to return to the show.
"I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith," creator Simon Fuller said in a statement. "Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can't wait to see their evolution together continue next season."
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