"American Idol's" Ryan Seacrest is looking forward to this season's competition, premiering Jan. 19 on FOX.
"I figured we'd find some good kids when we left for the auditions but these kids exceeded our expectations," Seacrest told "Extra" at the Television Critics Association party for E! Entertainment. "We found some excellent contestants!"
Seacrest also said "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez may end up being the tough one. "Jennifer is tough. She gives tough love, and she expects a lot from them, which is good."
Other E! stars were on hand at the party, including "Chelsea Lately's "acerbic host and comedian Chelsea Handler. "I have opinions... and people need to deal with it," Handler quipped.
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