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June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After shaking up the judging panel of American Idol season after season in hopes of boosting the show’s ratings — and discovering that the ratings actually slid instead, Fox announced Monday that it will bring back the same panel for next season that appeared last season. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will be judging the competitors this time around — and Ryan Seacrest will return as the host. The network has decided to stand pat regarding the judges despite the fact that the most recent American Idol series posted some of the lowest ratings in the show’s history, including the smallest number of viewers for the show’s season finale. The network has already announced one major revamp: it will air fewer hours of Idol next season.