The new season of ‘American Idol’ is officially underway, with auditions tearing their way through the country. Leading the pack, of course, is the judging panel which includes Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. We spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Jennifer and Harry to get the scoop on the new season!
American Idol is only in its third week of auditions, but already this season’s contestants have been fierce. Before the search for talent continues on the Jan. 21 episode, we got to chat EXCLUSIVELY with JLo and Harry Connick Jr. about what we can expect from the judges this season, as well as who JLo might see as her competition in the music industry!
‘American Idol’: Is JLo In Competition With Rihanna?
We’re still a long way off from hearing Ryan Seacrest crown the next American Idol, but that doesn’t mean the judges don’t already have a ton to share about the new season. In an EXCLUSIVE interview with JLo and Harry, the two shared some interesting info with HollywoodLife.com!
We asked if there’s a moment each season when the judges go from cheering for contestants to realizing that they might become their competition on the charts. JLo, however, dismissed the idea of competition altogether. “Absolutely not, I don’t think there’s competition in music like that,” she said. “I don’t think there’s other pop stars that I would compete with; Taylor [Swift], compete with whoever, Rihanna or something like that. I can’t compete with Keith [Urban]. Keith can’t compete with me.”
Well said! In fact, JLo shares the contestants’ successes with them. “Everyone is writing music, like Phillip Phillips,” Jennifer said. “I hear my kids singing and I’m like ‘oh my God!’ I feel like I was a part of it… It makes me happy that he has had a number one record. I mean please, let me be number two!”
Will The Judges Perform With Contestants?
Fans will recall from last season’s finale that the judges themselves actually took to the stage to perform together. So can we expect more performances from the trio, or perhaps even joint performances with contestants?
Performances “will remain separate, and it should really,” Harry said as far as the judges performing with contestants. “I think if there’s any performing to be done, hopefully it would be something like it was last year [on the finale] because that was one of my favorite parts of the show.”
Ours too! Here’s to hoping!
Are you guys watching the new season of American Idol? Who are some of your favs so far?
— Casey Mink