After FOX's American Idol played another round of musical chairs with its judging panel as it gears up for its 13th season beginning in January, we sat down with two of the judges -- Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. -- to get a preview of the new cycle.
"It's just spontaneous. It feels effortless, and it's just fun. We're all serious about the contestants -- it's really about them -- and we're just having a good time and trying to be fair and honest," said Connick Jr. about the chemistry at the Idol judges table.
"Everything's different about this season," Urban revealed about the new round of shows kicking off January 15. " I think the great thing about last season was that we had the opportunity to listen to America, what they were missing, what they wanted more of, and less of. And we were able to really build a new show around that."
When asked what he think it takes for a contestant to go far in the competition, Urban said it's a combination of things. "All the back stories are really important, but I think the talent has to be the driving factor, they have to have the goods. And I can feel that that's what's happening with this season. Really good artistry, not just good singers, but good artists."
Watch the video for more, including the pair's opinion on whether anyone has emerged as the toughest judge on the panel.