Jennifer Lopez is the only female judge this season. Reportedly, the network wanted to avoid a repeat friction similar to the drama between Carey and Minaj, according to reports.
While the network had hoped to bring an industry professional into the mix, time is of the essence. Had the show not signed a third judge soon, production could have faced a delay, according to Hollywood Reporter.
JLo also served as a judge in previous Seasons 10 and 11, in 2011 and 2012, with Steven Tyler.
Randy Jackson will take over as the mentor during the 2014 season. Auditions are going on now in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Omaha, Neb.
AMERICAN IDOL® Reveals New Logo. “The new look is part of a number of exciting changes to hit our legendary show for Season XIII. Earlier this summer it was announced that IDOL™ hopefuls could audition with their guitars for the first time!”
American Idol Season 13 begins in January 2014, but auditions are going on now. The “American Idol Audition Bus Tour” will visit Knoxville on Friday, Aug. 23. AI is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment.