This year's American Idol judges--Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr--come from different musical traditions and backgrounds. But they have a number of important things in common. They know what it takes to succeed. They know how to find the seeds of that success and nurture them. They know how to turn hard knocks into wisdom, missed notes into opportunities, a tentative crowd into believers. That's what all performers do--and what the contestants on American Idol hope to learn.
Sure the judges don't really judge, but their influence counts for a lot. Both with the performers and with the voters out there watching. Think you know these judges? Match the quotes below with the American Idol judge who said it!
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