The press got to meet the American Idol: XIII judges for the first time when the FOX singing competition stopped in Boston for their first round of auditions.
Veteran judge Jennifer Lopez, who sat on the panel for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, made her grand return along with fellow returning judge Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick, Jr. to Beantown, where she told the Boston Globe that she missed the show.
“I did miss it,” said Lopez, who sat out last season to go on a world tour. “I don’t know what’s going to happen but I know we’re going to have a great time and we’re already off to a great start.”
When the Boston Globe asked the veteran judges about Harry Connick, Jr.’s progress as a judge, both of them teased him about being a huge Chatty Cathy!
“Shut the hell up!” joked Urban while Lopez simultaneously added: “Less talking!”
However, the new judge and former two-time guest mentor stated that he is thrilled about being on the panel and has 100-percent confidence in his fellow judges.
“I’m a fan of the show,” said Connick, Jr. ““I’ve seen it for the last 12 years and I feel that the three of us can do our part to make the show as great as we know American Idol can be.”
While the trio confirmed that former Idol judge Randy Jackson would be taking over Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine’s duties as the show’s In-House Mentor, they remained mum when it came to talking about possible guest mentors.
Another topic that was part of the conversation was Idol’s sagging ratings. The “On the Floor” singer, however, stated that the ratings did not concern her.
"I don’t think about that kind of stuff so much," she told People Magazine. “I leave that worry to other people – I have enough worry of my own.”
American Idol: XIII is scheduled to return to FOX airwaves during the second half of the 2013-14 television season.