Jennifer Lopez Returning To ‘American Idol’ With Ryan, Harry and Keith, Because Why Not?

Michael Prieve / June 24, 2014

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Oh wait.

While American Idol pretty much tanked this past season in the ratings, Fox executives apparently aren’t blaming the host or the judges.

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest will all be returning for the show’s 14th season next year.

“I am thrilled our consummate host, Mr. Ryan Seacrest, is returning for Season 14, together with Jennifer, Harry and Keith,” American Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said Monday in a statement. “Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can’t wait to see their evolution together continue next season.”

Auditions for the upcoming season will begin Wednesday in New Orleans and later move to Long Island, N.Y., Nashville, Tenn., and San Francisco. The show’s last season concluded in May and the next season is scheduled to premiere sometime in early 2015.

To save on costs, the show has been reduced down to 37 hours on-air next season as opposed to the more than 50 hours produced in years past.

How the producers of the show intend to fix the show is a whole other question. Can anyone honestly name the winners from the last two seasons of American Idol? Maybe bring elements from The Hunger Games in to the mix?