“American Idol” Makes Nashville Stop

Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. are hopeful for future stars in Music City.

photo by Michael Becker/FOX Broadcasting.

It’s one of the original reality singing competitions on television (and still beloved by millions), so when FOX brought American Idol auditions to Nashville, Music City rolled out the red carpet.

But it wasn’t pomp and circumstance that Jennifer Lopez was looking for. Or even good singer/songwriters. “We’re not just looking for artists, we’re looking for stars,” she told Country Weekly during the first round of auditions with the judges for the upcoming season.

Preliminary auditions had already taken place by the time J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr. and hometown boy Keith Urban showed up for callbacks on Sunday and Monday (Aug. 3 and 4). And while Keith was happy to welcome his fellow judges and Idol wannabes to his city, he’s also got his fingers crossed that Nashville turns out the next big star. “We put on the good weather, that’s the first sign. It’s always good when that happens,” he said. “I am hoping we can have some that knock it out of the park today. There were a couple yesterday.”

Harry admitted that he had already seen one contestant that blew him away, but was crossing his fingers for more. “You want that to happen a lot more, where you start getting excited,” he says. “We saw a few like that. Hopefully today, we’ll see more.”

The new season of American Idol will premiere on FOX in January with host Ryan Seacrest.

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