Judge Harry the lat­est Idol boast

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SINGER and ac­tor Harry Con­nick Jr is set to be un­veiled as the lat­est ad­di­tion to the Amer­i­can Idol line-up af­ter re­port­edly sign­ing on to join Jennifer Lopez and Aus­tralian coun­try star Keith Ur­ban on the judg­ing panel.

Show pro­duc­ers have been scram­bling to fill the seats left va­cant fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Mariah Carey, Nicki Mi­naj and vet­eran pro­ducer Randy Jack­son ear­lier this year.

Pro­duc­ers had been in talks with pro­ducer Dr Luke and Justin Bieber’s man­ager Scooter Braun, how­ever, those ne­go­ti­a­tions fell through.

Ex­ec­u­tives at Fox, the net­work which airs the pro­gram in the US, are said to have asked Con­nick Jr to re­turn fol­low­ing a num­ber of suc­cess­ful guest ap­pear­ances on the se­ries through­out the years.

Ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, the jazz star made the deal of­fi­cial by at­tend­ing a pri­vate party hosted by Idol pro­ducer Si­mon Fuller in Los An­ge­les last week, where Ur­ban and Lopez were also on hand to toast the im­mi­nent an­nounce­ment.

Ur­ban is the only star re­turn­ing as a judge from the 12th sea­son of Idol – Lopez stepped down from the panel of ex­perts last year af­ter two sea­sons.

Con­nick Jr has been a long­time fan of Amer­i­can Idol and pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted he had been ap­proached to take on a role as a tal­ent judge years be­fore – but the tim­ing has never been right.

‘‘It’s hard to make a com­mit­ment like that . . . What I’ve done thus far on the show has been re­ally fun, so I’ve had a great time . . . Who knows what’ll hap­pen in the fu­ture,’’ he says.

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