On the flip side, Fox's "American Idol" has struggled since the dissolution of its original lineup. (That'd be Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell.) After test driving everyone from comedian Ellen DeGeneres to last season's disastrous diva duo, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, the TV talent competition has been unable to match its original formula.
But the show's new judging team (Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr.) recently teamed up with "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest for an appearance on (of all places) "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." And guess what: This crew could give those feel-gooders over at "The Voice" a run for their money.
While "Idol" has lacked a bromance, with the new panel, they may have found one between Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.
Ellen's cameras checked in on the gang at the Salt Lake City auditions, where they talked about the upcoming season and gave a sneak peek at their blossoming chemistry.
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J.Lo dished that her return to the show after a one-season hiatus was a "difficult one," but she pointed to her new boyfriends (Keith and Harry) as she touted her new "Idol" family: "This is working really great. So yeah, we're having a great time. So at the end of the day, everything that's meant to be happens."
Ellen pointed out that she tried to get Harry on the panel back when she was on the show.
"I can't believe I'm sitting up here," he said. "Ellen, we've talked about it before. I'm a huge fan of 'American Idol' … to be sitting up here with Ryan, who I really think is the best, and Jennifer, who is beyond belief. The more I get to know her, the more I love and respect her."
But he played dumb when it came to Keith, saying, " And, I'm sorry, you are?"
"Keith," Urban chimed in.
"And Keith, he's a nice man..."
Ryan Seacrest took the opportunity to play up the panel's chemistry, saying, "I'm excited that we've got a group that just sat together and had lunch, and laughed out loud and told stories, and talked about their lives and really get along."
Translation: No diva drama and no extra security -- just good clean (and, apparently) family fun.
"I think that people who have watched this show for a long time will enjoy that part of the show when they come back, and this is a show that the whole family will be able to watch," Seacrest added. "And that's what we're excited about."
As further proof of this team's kinship, earlier this week Keith Urban tweeted a funny picture of the gang joking around while celebrating his recent No. 1 album status:
Yeah, we think we're gonna like this crew.
"American Idol" returns to Fox in January.
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