‘American Idol’ Interviews: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban
As Ryan Seacrest says, American Idol is back. When it premieres on Wednesday January 15 (on FOX) we’ll see another new judging panel consisting of Jennifer Lopez’s grand return, Keith Urban coming back for a second consecutive round, and the newbie this year is Harry Connick Jr.
Urban describes each of their judging personalities. “I like the way Harry and Jen judge because they are very authentic. You really know who they are. Jen is very maternal. She’s smart as a whip. She’s the best of all three of us at knowing how to deliver something a really nice way but be truthful too. I’m sure if I came on the show, Harry would be the guy that I would want to impress because he’s not easily impressed – at all. I am one of those people where if there is like one guy in the audience that’s not into it at all, I would seem to try to devote the whole show to get that guy into it.”
Harry Connick Jr describes his judging style: “I think my judging style is concise, fair, and spontaneous. I respond to what I am hearing at the moment. I am looking at the performance only. If someone has a tragic life story, of course that affects me personally, but that’s not going to affect my decision as a judge.”
Watch more from Harry describe his judging style, plus Jennifer Lopez talks about her return, and Ryan Seacrest sounds off on his thoughts on the new panel.