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Posted on Wed. Jun. 25, 2014 - 12:31 am EDT

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Judges returning to ‘Idol’

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Fox says it’s bringing back the same trio of “American Idol” judges for the show’s 14th season.

The network announced Monday that Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will be judging singers again in 2015, and Ryan Seacrest will remain the host.

This year’s “American Idol” included the show’s lowest-rated finale ever, part of a continuing ratings slide for the once-dominant TV series. Fox has shaken up the judges’ panel in past years to try to boost viewership but is deciding to stay the course this time.

The network is taking the show’s downfall into account in scheduling, saying it will air fewer hours next season, and in many weeks there will be just one episode instead of two.

Record sale price

A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.

A working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand went to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s. The selling price, $2.045 million, included a buyer’s premium.

The manuscript is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem,” Sotheby’s said.

The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Singer injured

Veteran backup singer Merry Clayton is recovering after being seriously injured in an automobile accident.

Clayton’s manager, Alan Abrahams, said in a statement Monday that the 65-year-old singer suffered severe injuries to her lower body in the June 16 accident.

Clayton was among the backup singers featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress June Lockhart is 89. Singer Eddie Floyd is 77. Actress Barbara Montgomery is 75. Singer Carly Simon is 69. TV host/chef Anthony Bourdain is 58. Actor Ricky Gervais is 53. Singer George Michael is 51. Actress Angela Kinsey is 43. Bassist Mike Kroeger is 42. Actress Linda Cardellini is 39. Actress Busy Philipps is 35.


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