The three musicians started their tenure for Season 13 at the Boston auditions. Lopez tweeted her first impression of Connick during lunch.
Ryan Seacrest had already been on the audition trail for several days before the new judges joined. With final negotiations for the position Connick ultimately filled taking longer than expected, there was some fear from the producers that production would be halted.
On Tuesday, Fox also confirmed that Randy Jackson will be back to replace Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine as the show’s in-house mentor.
The new lineup will also attend auditions in Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. “Idol” will return in January 2014 to Fox.