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It sounds like things are going just swimmingly for the new "American Idol" judges panel -- and we could not be more thrilled.

While we were curious about last year's panel in that horrified-but-can't-look-away kind of way, this year we're just excited about three smart, funny judges enjoying themselves and their job.

"It's three people who are having a friggin' ball. The show is really goofy, it's really serious and it's real fun. It's really heartfelt. It's everything you want 'Idol' to be," Harry Connick Jr. tells E! Online.

He also echoes his previous sentiments directed at Mariah Carey when she compared her "Idol" gig to working in "hell with Satan."

"It's the easiest gig in the world. It really is. Look at what we do. We go and we get hair and makeup done, wear nice clothes and go sit and listen to singers and tell them that we think. »

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