American Idol judges bring a lighter touch to this season

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OMAHA, Neb.-- They're a jovial bunch, typically laughing, joking and doing something a little goofy. This year's American Idol judges and original host, Ryan Seacrest, are trying to bring the fun back to American Idol.

Last year's group of judges: Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, and Randy Jackson provided a tumultuous panel, and it even caused Mariah Carey to slam the show.

This group, however, told FOX 4 while in Omaha that they're having fun with the process, in part because they like their co-workers.

"Bottom line- they're sweet people," said Harry Connick, Jr.

While Connick Jr. may describe his fellow judges as sweet, not all contestants will. You can watch the competition and this year's judges on FOX 4 every Wednesday and Thursday night.

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  • Renee Hardin

    Harry Connick Jr. Is really funny and both he and Keith bring enjoyable humor to the show! Love it sooo much better than last year! Great group of judges! And, incredible talent!! LOVIN IT ;)

  • Jerry

    Keith Urban misunderstood “American Woman”. It’s not an angry guy, but an antiwar activist leaving the country. “American Woman” is a metaphor..probably Lady Liberty. He’s too young and not American so I understand him missing that but I thought he might like to know.

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