As you might know by now, the American Idol panel this season features both familiar and new faces.
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. joined host Ryan Seacrest to dish about the new season on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; the episode is scheduled to air Thursday, Oct. 3.
The newbies on the panel this year, J.Lo and Connick Jr., explained their road to (and back) to the judging table.
"It was actually a difficult decision because I had a lot of stuff going on," the 44-year old Latina told Ellen DeGeneres. "It was going to be hard to fit it in. But, to be really honest, I just love the show and I love working with the singers."