The ongoing quest for the new panel of judges on “American Idol” is turning out to be as interesting as the show’s search for the next Idol winner.

Though there are several slots open for the upcoming 13th season, Ryan Seacrest tells E! Online that the wait is nearly over.

“We’re going to announce the judges very, very soon and I think people will be excited about the names we’ll have on the panel.”

One judge set to return to the Idol family is country singer Keith Urban, which Fox Network President Kevin Reilly confirmed last week.

Former contestants Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert have all been mentioned as possible judges, with pop superstar Jennifer Lopez said to be negotiating a deal to return as well.

Once the judges are announced, the 13th season will kick off scouting potential talent in Austin, Texas, and the new season will begin on January 2014.

Who would you like to see on the judge’s panel?

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