updated 09/05/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/04/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
“I love this show and I’m glad to be back,” the singer and actress said Wednesday at a press conference in Boston, where she appeared alongside her co-judges, newbie Harry Connick Jr. and veteran Keith Urban, for their first stop of season 13.
“Last year I went off and toured the whole world for the first time,” Lopez, 44, added. “It wasn’t the easiest thing to fit in this season of Idol, but I do love it so much … I did miss it.”
But with Lopez’s return comes the added pressure to improve ratings, which lagged during season 12, which had Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj sitting next to Urban.
Lopez says she’s not concerned with numbers. “I don’t think about that kind of stuff so much,” she said. “I leave that worry to other people – I have enough worry of my own.”
Still, season 13’s trio expressed a lot of excitement about bringing the show back to where it once was.