Harry Connick Jr. Joins 'American Idol' as Third Judge

Harry Connick Jr.

The 'Will and Grace' star is said to have inked a deal to serve as a judge alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez for the show's upcoming 13th season.

Harry Connick Jr. has reportedly nabbed the third spot on "American Idol" judging panel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor/singer has inked a deal to serve as a judge in the 13th season of the show, joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.

The news comes almost a week after it was reported that record producer Dr. Luke passed on the judging gig on the show due to conflict of interest. He signed a lucrative label deal with Sony Music and by nurturing talents for Universal Music Group, which holds the exclusive rights to "Idol" recordings, he would run into a snag with Sony.

FOX has not made an announcement regarding Connick Jr.'s supposed casting but the official judge line-up for season 13 is expected to be revealed soon as host Ryan Seacrest recently tweeted, "Got some @AmericanIdol news for you coming very soon..."

Former judge Randy Jackson has also been rumored to return to the show as a mentor, replacing Jimmy Iovine who may leave the show after three years serving as in-house mentor.

© AceShowbiz.com

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