"We are also very excited to have our friend Randy Jackson now in a new role as mentor, and the captain of our team – the heart and soul of Idol – Ryan Seacrest returning as host,” Reilly added.
The news comes after months of rumors that Lopez would be making a come back.
EW reports that the judges will begin their search today in Boston. They will travel to Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City, and then San Francisco.
American Idol season 13 will premiere in January!