When “American Idol” returns for Season 13 on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, it will debut the sixth lineup of judges in the show’s 12-year history with Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. taking seats on the panel. While none of them are new to the program — Lopez served for two seasons, Urban for one, and Connick is a frequent mentor and guest performer — their chemistry together will certainly look different than any other combination of judges before them.
While last year the first footage of new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj surfaced on TMZ after the women had an epic fight during auditions, this year FOX is leaking the first footage of its latest judging panel iteration on its own terms.
The first look at Lopez, Urban, and Connick in action on the panel together comes in a five-minute long look at several new auditions. The clip shows the more charming, heartwarming aspects of the judges’ banter, along with some inspiring (or at least plain old likeable) contestants. In footage provided to reporters only, however, there’s much more bickering, sassing, and overall fun. (Basically, these guys will be a little more Cowell-esque than this clip makes them seem.)
Check out the new footage below. What do you think about the judges’ chemistry?