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New American Idol highlights harmony among judges to freshen US Fox show

Published on Jan 14, 2014 9:07 AM

PASADENA, California (REUTERS) - The Fox broadcast TV network promises camaraderie among its judges and a focus on the contestants when American Idol returns on Wednesday, seeking to reinvigorate the pioneer singing competition after a ratings slump in recent years.

Appearing before TV critics on Monday, this season's judges - pop superstar Jennifer Lopez, country singer Keith Urban and crooner Harry Connick Jr - emphasised their chemistry and a shared commitment to focusing on the young singers competing for a chance at stardom.

"I am lucky enough to sit between two people I respect and I have a good time with and all know music and love this journey," Lopez, returning to the show after a one-year absence, said at the Television Critics Association press tour. "I think that's what's going to make it sparkly and fresh and new again."

American Idol erupted in 2001 as a broadcast TV powerhouse with the biting commentary of one of its original judges, Simon Cowell.

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