Ryan Seacrest tweets a NEW photo from today’s judges auditions in Jersey City:
“Our new american idol panel in today’s press conference. lots of laughs today”
Reportedly, 150 contestants will be auditioned by the judges between today and tomorrow.
I’ll update this post with any new interviews. Check out photos and interviews from yesterday’s auditions HERE.
UPDATE: Added a gallery of promo photos from the New Jersey Auditions.
Update 2: Entertainment Weekly attended today’s press conference. Read it. Highlights: Steven Tyler, “I take my cues from you, ” he said to Jennifer Lopez. I agree with EW. Let’s hope not. Veteran, Randy Jackson was very chatty and ‘take charge’, “[The new judges] can put themselves in the kids’ shoes and say, ‘I know what it’s like, and I know what it’s going to take because I have actually done it, and I’m still doing it.” Jlo’s favorite former Idol winner is Kelly Clarkson
Update 3: More quotes from the press conference: Read more at E Online
Jennifer Lopez: “I really wanna put [the contestants] through the wringer in the sense that I don’t want to let anybody who’s really great [not] go through because they’re really nervous or whatever…I think we work with them a little more than you maybe you’ve seen in the past. We give them more of a chance, because we know what it’s like to be out there.”
Steven Tyler : “Some of the kids are so young that I’m not sure if they can get how long it’s taken me to be successful and how many clubs I had to play and how I was judged so…[pauses] wonderfully…by the press. [Panel laughs.] And how hard it was to take. But they all took [our criticism] well. A lot of tears. Kind of hard for me. But I’ll get over it.” He calls the NJ auditioners, “Spunky and sparky and crazy and over the top, ”
Randy Jackson: “[Lopez and Tyler are] bringing a new experience, both [are] still hugely successful artists performing currently, doing it. So I think a lot of these kids are watching the two of them, and they idolize what that is.”
Ryan Seacrest: “Interestingly, the contestants this year, more than ever, have said that they have grown up watching the show and finally it’s their opportunity to audition for the show, so the stakes are really high for them, and then they walk into the show that they’ve grown up watching with these two superstar judges. It’s really been an extra dynamic especially [for me]…outside the room with the contestants. A lot of emotion.”
From the New York PostRandy Jackson: “I’ve been doing the show for a while and really just trying to help [Tyler and Lopez]. It just kind of happened that way…“I’ll sit here and nobody will ever say, ‘Dawg, you’ve become Cowell. Cowell is the Dawg…He’s still my boy, ” he said of Cowell, “but it’s not like that.”
Jennifer Lopez: “I think I’ve been tough, easy and fair.”
Steven Tyler: “Don’t get mad at what we say – get better.”
Randy Jackson: “Whatever you do, make it hot.”
Ryan Seacrest: “The chemistry is fantastic between these three, ” he said. “You know, they’re having a good time.”
Photos after the JUMP…