So the new look American Idol panel has finally been unveiled… and it turns out there’s nothing new to it after all!

As you’ve doubtless heard by now the latest batch of Idol judges includes Keith Urban from season 12, Jennifer Lopez from seasons 10 and 11 and Harry Connick, Jr a frequent guest mentor from recent years. Could the ‘new’ team be any less exciting?

After a pretty big ratings decline last season Fox promised big changes to their reality champion and numerous ideas were bandied around. We were promised a panel of former Idol contestants. Or an industry panel comprising of producers, writers and execs.

But what we’ve ended up with is probably the blandest, more unimaginative and ultimately ratings sapping team possible.

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