Image Courtesy FOXKeith Urban feels the American Idol judges panel is very solid going into this summer’s audition process. The country star has gotten to know fellow judge Harry Connick, Jr. quite well over the past season.

Keith tells Rolling Stone Country, “He feels like a brother to me. We’re very different as people, but I love his heart and I love his musicality. I love his sense of humor.”

As for American Idol’s resident diva, Jennifer Lopez, Keith applauds her for always taking care of business in her successful career.

“I think the word ‘diva’ gets misused a lot of times by people,” Keith says, “because my definition of it is someone who knows exactly what is required to protect and keep healthy and guide and safe-keep the gift and what they have to offer.”

Look for Keith, Harry and Jennifer at the judges’ table when American Idol returns this January on FOX.

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