American Idol XIII – Live Q&A – Watch it Here (VIDEO)

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After the American Idol Premiere event, in movie theaters across the country, judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr  and Host Ryan Seacrest will hold a LIVE Q&A beamed into the theaters and streaming on line.

You can watch it RIGHT HERE at 8:30 ET. Join us!

- Harry and Keith makes Jlo laugh so hard, it’s difficult not to look like a giggling fool. Harry tries to crack her up.
- Harry’s favorite thing is doing live shows.
- Keith doesn’t have a favorite song. It can be uncomfortable when a contestant sings his song. He hopes they nail it.
- There are girls that come in that remind Jlo of herself when she was just starting out. It’s humbling when contestants/fans cry in her presence.
- Judging is a big commitment, but he loved mentoring so much, he said yes when asked to be judge
- Jennifer looks forward to coming to work every day. She had a ball the first time. She wanted to come back.
- Keith talked about being a 16 year old contestant on a talent show. He admits he wasn’t very good.
- Harry doesn’t think he’s harsh! He’s succinct and specific. He can’t do anything about how his criticism is perceived. Regardless, he loves all the kids. Every one of them.
- The judges love Ellen. They would all love to be judges by her if they were contestants.
- Jlo swears it’s exactly the same backstage as they are on camera. Joking around, talking and chatting. They dish on their families.
- Harry says he has an intense face. Maybe that’s why contestants think he’s mean! But yes, he’s hard to impress. “We can do better than what it out there…it’s a challenge to these young performers. Learn your frickin craft!” Ha Harry is very passionate about music.
- Jlo has an insatiable appetite for creating things.
- Harry says he struggles every day to be better at what he does, in all ways.
- Ryan says it can be tough to say goodbye to contestants.
- Keith LIKES performing with his instrument. He wants contestants to perform in they way they are most comfortable. Although, there are people who should be playing instruments
- The panel disagrees often on a contestant, but they have so much respect for each other, they don’t get mad. Sometimes they can sway each other’s opinion. Often they respond to the same thing, even if its in different ways.
- There were some heated discussions during Hollywood week. There’s was on incident between Harry and Jlo. We’ll probably see it on TV.
- You don’t have to be able to sing to have a great career, says Keith. What are we looking for now? Which one is the most talented? It’s a combination of many things.
- Last question was a crying girl wanting a hug from Jlo. She got one onstage.

  • gclay

    I watched this last year and was so interested and this year its so boring. This was my problem when they first announced the panel they are just so boring and not very famous/interesting. I know they had to change the panel after last year, but at least they were famous. I hope these three are at least good at judging, chemistry isn’t everything. I don’t want them to all agree that everything is great, and be boring.

  • XxYogurtxX

    i loved them they were fun to watch,bit uncomfortable but i didn’t even feel the time pass and best thing is NO RANDYYY JACKSONNNN

  • Matthew Kitson

    Famous isn’t everything, as the train wreck that Nicki showed. Give me jlo/harry/Keith any day of the week

  • Bugme Nomor

    Fame is relative. Mariah is legendary. Nicki Minaj is of the moment. We’ll have to wait and see if her star burns as long as it has for these three.

  • gclay

    But right now they are so boring and if they agree on everything that isnt exciting. Why do I want to hear something three times.

  • Seed

    I really like this panel. Harry’s gonna be the breakout judge, obviously. Keith seems more comfortable this time around.

  • XxYogurtxX

    The three girls at the askidol event

  • Wfish88

    Rather watch this panel than watch the painfully bad chemistry that ruined the show last year. And they said they had some disagreements so idk where you are getting “hear somthing threes times”

  • gclay

    last year was a trainwreck. this year seems dull, but the judges arent everything

  • Sassycatz

    Which of these people were famous in the U.S, when Idol first began: Randy Jackson? Paula Abdul? Or, Simon Cowell?

  • Wfish88

    Pretty good stream. A little “forced” on trying to be funny but otherwise can’t wait till tomorrow

  • gclay

    yeah but they weren’t agreeing on everything

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    The thing is…they dont’ agree on everything.

    You’ll see tomorrow when you watch the premiere. Harry is the toughest, but Keith can be tough too, Jlo is the softest, but she’s capable of saying no.

    There were some decent singers who did not go through. And there were a fair amount of golden tickets that weren’t unanimous.

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    Except…they don’t agree on everything. You’ll see when you watch the premiere tomorrow.

  • Sassycatz

    We didn’t even know what they were going to do the first season and we don’t know what this panel can do. And, besides, I think Simon Cowell would disagree only to make the show interesting. He couldn’t deny real talent … although he would sometimes try. But, frankly, I think he said things just to get a rise out of the audience and get the show attention.

    Remember, he was the show’s “Nasty Nigel.” He played a character that Nigel originated.

  • Matthew Kitson

    Where are you getting this notion that they agree on everything? It hasn’t even premeired yet

  • gclay

    thats the vibe they are giving off in the interview and the center of the “fun, happy” marketing campaign

  • Seed

    Yes, Simon’s whole “mean judge” persona was just for ratings. That’s why every version of Idol had to have their own Simon.

  • Kariann Hart

    It should be a good year with judge’s who really seem to care.

  • Miz

    What constitutes ‘famous’ for you? Being in the tabloids for partying all the time?

  • CanadianLady

    I felt sorry for Keith last year – not that he seemed bothered – he appeared to find it entertaining – but I think he was a better judge than it appeared due to the craziness. So glad they brought him back.

  • Amy Beth

    I actually learned something from this Q&A. I didn’t know the judges wrote down their decisions before they announced it.

  • Aakash Mansukhani

    Preach, Harry!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, things look promising. I just hope that the producers don’t stifle Harry. For me, the judges have never been the attraction for this show, the talent has, but I realized last year that the judges can be a real turnoff. So I hope that this coming year pans out well in that regard.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Before they announce their decision, they also sneak a peak at the producer(s) offstage. At least, that was the way it was when Nigel was in charge. Hopefully, the judges have more autonomy this season.

  • Tess Herself

    Didn’t that little tidbit come from a you tube video expose’ where someone cut together bits and pieces of video to “prove” his point about the show being manipulated? Whether any of us thinks that may be the case, no one has owned up to that especially not Nigel.

  • Cary Gonzalez

    Paula was. She had a string of dance hits and MTV music awards.

  • AussieB

    FROM REALITY BLURRED ON THAT OTHER FOX SINGING SHOW

    Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly was asked about the future of The X Factoryesterday, and he told TV critics, “There is no decision.” Of Simon Cowell’s grandstanding, he said, “I love him. He’s doing what he should do as a producer.” Reilly admitted that the series “underperformed this year” but said in other countries, where it’s more popular, “they’ve reanimated it with producing changes and different ideas. I’ve heard some of those ideas. They are interesting. If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have. But the fact is, we’ve made no decision on it.”

  • AussieB

    I saw Keith on an interview last night and he got a very strange shorter hair cut that was not flattering at all.

  • AussieB

    Well famous can help draw viewers. Tonight’s ratings will be interesting. They’ve been going all out with promotion but aside from people here who are Idol fanatics, I don’t hear much interest. People have just been through The Voice and XF, and The Voice will come back in a couple months with Shakira & Usher (so it feels a bit different). The judges are basically ‘been there done that.’ They must have research saying people would want JLO. Fox expects the ratings to slide again; will depend on how far the demo numbers decline. But the changes they’ve announced so far all seem very minor. But they’re probably just trying to get old viewers back than try to gain new ones. JLo didnt stem declines before so why would she now? They’re trying so hard to be sugary; I hope it doesnt get boring with everyone agreeing. Jlo won’t be critical so it will be up to Harry to bring some reality. They did say fewer bad auditions so that might make people not turn the channel.

  • AussieB

    Because in other interviews, they also said that. I saw that clip too.

  • AussieB

    More than the judges, they need a Kelly or Fantasia or Carrie. They need someone who’s going to give such an amazing audition or performance that the video would go Viral and everyone will be talking about it the next day. Then, those videos will appear on the morning shows, cable news, talk shows etc and people will turn in the following week to see what that person will do. If its ho-hum or the types of singers you see on every other show, there’s no big excitement.

  • AussieB

    Does she get goosies even in the auditions? Its hard to judge when you have some contestants who can sing better than you

  • AussieB

    You also have to realize that this whole singing show with audience voting was a brand new concept. You also had some great talents. Its not the same a decade plus later when there are a lot of other competitors.

  • AussieB

    His comments caused huge press attention in the UK so they were just repeating the formula. At that time, they also were probably trying to do a budget show so went for cheap talent. Who would’ve ever thunk of picking Paula Abdul out of nowhere, especially since she’s never exactly been known for her singing talent

  • AussieB

    Im sure its not all or nothing but they have said that in previous interviews. Maybe some publicist or producer told them to emphasize the nice, family atmosphere but don’t make it seem boring. I think what they have meant is that they will disagree at times but not in a nasty personal way like last season

  • AussieB

    How many years ago? She wasn’t quite ‘in’ at that time…and she was known more for being a dancer than a singer.

  • AussieB

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  • AussieB

    Surprised Jessica hasn’t made a bigger splash in the US. She seemed like she had the whole package…Great voice, could dance, pretty, (skinny)…(What ever happened to Pia?)…And why do all these brunettes feel they need to go blonde

  • Tess Herself

    I know who these girls are from reading this blog…though I couldn’t name the one on the right. Outside of the Idol blogosphere I don’t think I have seen or heard any of them perform or know anything about their music or talent. They are as strange to me as the winners of The Voice or X-Factor.

  • Amy Beth

    By the time the singers perform for the judges, the producers have seen them several times. I’m sure they get a complete write-up on each one, including whether the producers want them to go forward.

    When they ask contestants their name and to talk about themselves, that’s for our benefit. They already know all that stuff.

  • Wfish88

    Jessica’s failure was due to lack of promo and than she released her album in the dead of April. Although her album only sold around 20k in US, it’s sold more than 100K worldwide. Still not good tho…

  • Kesia Monteith

    Didn’t know where I could ask about this, as I feel the other posts are now too old to look at now, but is Hollywood Bound or Home and the Yes Or No Challenge during Hollywood week the same thing? I’ve been reading articles making those rounds like they are separate rounds.

  • Matthew Kitson

    One thing I won’t forget last year was during the finale when Keith seemed to finally let loose. I wonder if he knew then that he’d be back w/o Nicki and mariah

  • CanadianLady

    He might just have been glad it was over. :)

  • ptslittlecomment

    Ummmm not famous? Harry Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He was a featured player on one of the most successful sitcoms (Will and Grace), starred in a number of movies with such heavy hitters as Sandra Bullock, Sigourney Weaver and Will Smith. He is a Broadway star and has won Emmys and Grammys for his work.
    Fifteen of Keith Urban’s 29 charting singles have reached number one. He has won numerous music awards and – just two years ago, won both the Teen choice and People’s Choice Awards for favorite country artist. Of course he is married to a famous woman and gets some notoriety there too.
    Although Jennifer Lopez’ music career was going downhill before she joined AI the first time around, the woman has gained quite a bit of notoriety for both her music , dancing and tabloid romances. In between all of that she has starred in a few movies, launched her own fragrance and clothing line and shims for many different products in TV commercials.
    So, while none of them have yet reached the legendary status of Mariah ( although I would say Harry’s career is much more varied and he much more highly respected) certainly all of them have a much higher level of fame that the original AI judges and many of the others over the years.