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'American Idol' Will Bring Back Every Original Judge for Final Season, Ryan Seacrest Says

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Ryan Seacrest on American Idol XIV airing Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has revealed that the three original judges from the show's storied history will return for the final season.

Seacrest made the announcement on the red carpet as the current panel -- Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban -- prepare to hear the finalists compete during Hollywood Week.

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"I've spoken to all of them recently and we as a team have talked to them about coming back to do something for the final season," he told Access Hollywood. "They are going to do it, it's just a matter of figuring what to do with them."

A Fox representative tells Billboard that as of press time, nothing is confirmed yet.

Seacrest was referencing the original trio of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. 

The Fox show's former judges from the past 14 seasons included Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi.

 

This story has been updated from the original post.