Ryan Seacrest with American Idol judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. prior to a live Q&A session Tuesday night.
Ryan Seacrest with American Idol judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. prior to a live Q&A session Tuesday night. (FOX Photo)

What a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time, American Idol seemed to be relying on the potential for catfights between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey to reel in viewers.

Well, we all saw how well that worked out.

This year, Idol is selling camaraderie among its new judging threesome of Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban.

And those who turned in to a special online judges Q&A Tuesday night heard that message over and over and over again.

Head here for a look at what that might mean for the show as it kicks off its new season Wednesday night.