Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
American Idol's new judging panel will have a familiar look to it.
Jennifer Lopez, a judge during Seasons 10 and 11, and former mentor Harry Connick Jr. will join country star Keith Urban, the lone judging holdover from the most recent season of Fox's fading singing competition, which ended in May.
After a year with four judges, the show will revert to the three-panelist format of its heyday.
The network Tuesday announced the signings of singer-actress Lopez, a popular former judge, and Connick, a singer, pianist, composer and actor whose Idol mentoring appearances have been well received.
Other familiar faces will return, too. Original judge Randy Jackson, who left the panel in May, will be back as an in-house mentor, replacing Jimmy Iovine, and Ryan Seacrest continues as host.
"I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show," Connick said in a statement. "And I am honored that they've asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective to American Idol and to help emerging performers to find their way."
Lopez simply tweeted: "IDOL2014TheRemix."
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly praised the new panel in a statement accompanying the announcement: "American Idol has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom and personality to do just that: Jennifer Lopez, the triple-threat global superstar who loves Idol and whom Idol fans love; Harry Connick Jr., a bona fide musical genius and fantastic Idol mentor whose honesty and expertise can help turn these hopefuls into stars; (and) Keith Urban, a multi-Grammy-winning artist who was such a positive force on the show last season."