Is Harry Connick Jr. Going To Accept Simon Cowell’s ‘Idol’ Spot? Here’s What He Has To Say….

Thu, May 6, 2010 8:30pm EST by 5 Comments
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Harry killed it as a mentor on American Idol this week, leading departed contestant Aaron Kelly to say he’d be a fab replacement for Simon! But will he take the job?

Harry Connick Jr. is officially in the running for the prime piece of real estate that is Simon Cowell’s ‘throne’ on American Idol. Judges, fans and the Idols themselves all raved about his skills as a mentor during Frank Sinatra week, and booted contestant Aaron Kelly even suggested Harry could fill the British judge’s shoes when he leaves Idol for X-Factor next year. But what does Harry himself say about being up for the job?

“I don’t know if I’d be a good judge,” the 42-year-old crooner admitted on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show May 6, just one day after performing on the Idol stage. “Although I am the only person who does what the contestants do as a performer, I’m not in that world. I can look at people objectively and say what I think about their performance skills or singing skills, but the pop world isn’t my world. The fact that we were on the show at all is an honor for us because our kind of music isn’t usually on [American Idol].”

“So that’s a yes, then?” Ryan, 35, joked.

It better be! Harry knows all about music and showmanship — and how to get the best results out of the contestants without being horrible or mean (are you listening, Simon?). Plus, he’s already pals with Ellen DeGeneres! A win-win situation!

But although he doubts his skills as a judge, Harry still may take the job if it’s offered. “[I’ll do it] if they let me wearing a robe and have a gavel and one of those wigs they wear in Parliament,” he laughed.

Or a tight black T-shirt and blue jeans, perhaps, Harry?

— Laura Schreffler

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Posted at 1:47 PM on May 9, 2010  

I don’t think Harry would work only because I don’t think he can be that truthful mean that Simon is. Simon doesn’t sugar coat anything on AI and that’s what they need. They need to hear the truth on how they are singing, no matter how hurtful it is.

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Posted at 5:10 PM on May 8, 2010  

Harry hit the nail on the head – American Idol pushes crap pop music instead of a broader, more all-encompassing category of musicians. Harry and his band are one of the best shows in regards to musicianship, artistry, performance, and style – IF you have any taste in music. His albums are not as high-grossing as, say, Carrie Underwood for reasons I can’t even comprehend. The music from ‘Red Light, Blue Light’ is still some of the most entertaining and enjoyable albums on the market. If you don’t know that album, it’s because it wasn’t as heavily advertised in the market as Carrie or Tyler Swift. Why? Again, I’m not in-the-know with how or why certain performers have more success than others. Swift’s songs all sound the same (if you’re not sick of it yet, you must not care much about variet), and Underwood has all her music written for her by song writers such as Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and Raine Maida. Why don’t we celebrate THEIR contribution? THEY are the actual musicians and should be honored accordingly. I’d much rather listen to an original artist perform their music rather then a pretty face sing it karaoke-style. But back to my point – Harry Connick Jr. writes or arranges all of the music on his albums, performs them as a band leader, soloist, pianist, vocalist, and even guitarist. He’s a musician’s performer, and in my opinion would make a great judge on Idol, if for nothing more than to inject some class and musicianship back into the world of pop. the radio is long over-due for a make-over; less Biebers and Jonas Brothers, more REAL ARTISTS.

Don’t take offense until you buy ‘Red Light, Blue Light, listen to it from beginning to end to hear some truly great, unappreciated music before opening your mouth. If even ‘Sonny Cried’ doesn’t reach you, you are a cold, unfeeling zombie.

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Posted at 11:59 AM on May 7, 2010  

JP very funny ha-ha-ha

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Posted at 7:29 AM on May 7, 2010  

Here’s why not, this was the worst week for all the contestants.

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Posted at 9:25 PM on May 6, 2010  

yes why not? He know his music….could be a very good judge, he is very funny and intertaining……….yeah why not???? but would he like to do that????thats the question?

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