Jennifer Lopez is back as 'American Idol' judge

Posted Sep 4, 2013 by Leo Reyes
American singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is back as one of the judges for the 13th season of the popular singing talent show "American Idol" after a year-long layoff.
Jennifer Lopez  an entertainer and a business woman.
Jennifer Lopez, an entertainer and a business woman.
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Lopez will join Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. in the judging panel of the upcoming season starting January 2013.
Cornick and Lopez replaced popular song artists Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey who were last season's judges along with Urban.
Lopez left American Idol as one of the three judges after the 11th season to attend to her private singing engagements in Europe that included her controversial performance at the birthday party of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who is under criticism for human rights violations in his country. Read more.
Lopez has been widely criticized performing for world leaders who are known for rights abuses and has since expressed regrets for the unfortunate incidents.
In the judging panel, the New Zealand-born Urban, who is now on his second season with the popular singing talent show, will be working for the first time with Lopez and Cornick in the upcoming season which starts early next year.
Urban is a popular singer and songwriter and a husband to the popular Australian actress Nicole Kidman.
Urban is a country music artists who has received numerous musical awards including his latest Grammy award win as the Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "'Til Summer Comes Around" last year.
American Idol's newest judge Harry Cornick, Jr., is an American singer, actor and composer who has sold 25 million albums worldwide. He has three Grammy awards and two Emmy Awards to his credit. As an actor, he was known as Dr. Leo Markus, on the TV sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006.
The reentry of Lopez into the judging panel of American Idol's 13th season is aimed at reviving the popularity of show which has lately experienced dwindling viewership.