It’s official… Jennifer Lopez is back in the hot seat…
Fox has released the first official photograph of the new American Idol judging panel, with the 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress sandwiched between fellow judges Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban.
The photo, which was taken on the first day of the Boston auditions for season 13, was released just hours after the network confirmed that former judge Lopez and new panelist Connick Jr. have joined country singer Urban on the show this season.
Not pictured is veteran Randy Jackson, who has been with Idol since it premiered. He’ll return to the show as a mentor when the singing competition airs in January.
In the photo, Lopez seems thrilled to be back in the same spot she occupied before when she shared the table with Jackson and then-judge Steven Tyler.
Earlier today, Fox released a statement announcing the “dream team.” Lopez also tweeted her excitement: “#IDOL2014TheRemix.”
The panel appears comfortable together. Urban, who always seemed to enjoy the job more so than anyone else on the panel last season, had kind words for his new comrades in music, and anticipates the new season is going to be “a blast.”
Idol returns in January.