“American Idol: judges, Ryan Seacrest will return for Season 14


NEW YORK — “American Idol” may not be the ratings powerhouse it once was, but for now at least, its star power remains undiminished: Fox has announced that current judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will be returning for Season 14, as will host Ryan Seacrest.

“I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith,” “American Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said Monday in a statement.

The return of Connick, Urban, Lopez and Seacrest will bring some stability to the long-running reality competition series, which has seen its ratings tumble in recent years..

“American Idol” producers seem to be betting that it’s safer to stick with a formula that kinda-sorta works rather than subjecting the program to yet another drastic face-lift, and it’s not hard to understand why: As indicated by the soft premiere of ABC’s “Rising Star” on Sunday, the demise of “The X Factor” this year and the already-dwindling numbers for NBC’s “The Voice,” viewers are apparently growing weary of singing competition shows.

 

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