American Idol is back and kicking off its New York auditions with Idol alum Adam Lambert joining judges Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. ET was with the cast to join in on all the excitement.
"It's totally full circle. It's so strange, I love it!" Adam told ET.
For the first time, Adam is BEHIND the judges table as he fills in for Keith Urban while he and wife Nicole Kidman grieve over the tragic and unexpected loss of her father.
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Adam said, "Unfortunately it's under these circumstances, and my condolences to Keith and his family…But what a treat."
Vets Harry and J.Lo have already welcomed Adam to the team with open arms.
"Jennifer is unbelievable," Adam told ET of his fellow judge. "We had a heart to heart yesterday about being in the business. She was so inspiring, and so warm and sweet."
The feeling is mutual! J.Lo spilled her love for Adam in a head-to-toe reptile print outfit – Check out the video above to see what she had to say!