American Idol’s New Orleans auditions: Find out if locals made the cut _lowres

Fox photo by MATTHIAS VRIENS-MCGRATH -- 'American Idol' judge Harry Connick Jr., third from left, is back in his hometown of New Orleans with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for Thursday's show.

As the search begins for the 15th and final 'American Idol,' New Orleans native and judge Harry Connick Jr. said he will miss the show, especially the camaraderie with fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

“I love Jen and Keith. I love Ryan (Seacrest),” Connick told Billboard. “This is a good group of people, so I’ll miss that the most.”

The three judges were in Philadelphia Sunday for the first round of auditions. Connick said the job of finding the next ‘American Idol’ is harder than it looks.

“Yesterday wasn’t good and it was our first day,” Connick said. “So far we are not as excited as we would have thought we have been.”

Read the full article from Billboard here.