Harry Connick Jr 'Signs As American Idol Judge'
Crooner reported to be joining Keith Urban and J-Lo on panel...
Crooner American Idol judging panel.
The veteran performer has previously appeared as a mentor in several previous episodes of the US reality TV institution.
Super-producer Dr Luke was recently rumoured to be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the panel - but he was later reported to have pulled out because of a recording contract clash.
In fact country star Urban is the only judge to have been officially confirmed, although Jennifer Lopez' boyfriend recently appeared to accidentally confirm that she would be returning to the show.
And The Hollywood Reporter also claims that bosses at Fox were wary of recruiting two female judges this year, believing that last year's beef between Mariah Carey and Nicky Minaj was offputting to the show's older female viewers.
All three judges - Mariah, Minaj and Randy Jackson - departed the panel at the end of the last season.
However there will be some continuity, since J-Lo was a judge on the show in the series before last.