Bye Bye, Simon! Kara Has Already Replaced You…With Harry Connick Jr.!

Tue, May 11, 2010 4:11pm EDT by 8 Comments
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Kara wants someone funny and charming to take Simon’s spot next season — and she has her eye on one guy in particular!

Kara DioGuardi wasn’t sure who should fill Simon Cowell‘s huge shoes on American Idol next season — but after seeing him kick butt as a mentor on Frank Sinatra week, she now thinks Harry Connick Jr. is the perfect fit!

“It has to be somebody who is very well-versed in music,” Kara, 39, told the Boston Herald May 10. “And he has to be charming and funny – I don’t know if he has to be critical. And it would help if he were an artist so the contestants could relate. Somebody like a Harry Connick Jr. would be great.”

That’s the second vote for Harry we’ve heard lately! Recently departed contestant Aaron Kelly thought the crooner would be a perfect replacement for the caustic British judge!

And although she and Simon, 50, get on like a house on fire, when it comes to saying goodbye, don’t expect Kara to get all emotional.

“I don’t know if I’ll cry,” she said of Simon’s farewell. “But I’ll be sad to see him go.”

–Kirstin Benson

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monet

Posted at 10:02 PM on May 12, 2010  

I miss Paula!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mike

Posted at 1:24 PM on May 12, 2010  

It’s undeniable that this season of American Idol has been off – and it’s not just the ratings. The performances, the judging, it’s all seemed somehow a bit wrong. It’s no shock that the show is distributing a survey to improve things for next year. I think that by fixing the judges (a new one to replace Simon will be the biggest and most important choice), screening the contestants, and reworking the early rounds, they can hopefully bring the show back to what it was…http://thesmogger.com/2010/05/12/an-american-idol-revolution/

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gbtw

Posted at 7:24 PM on May 11, 2010  

thank you other commenters… made my day to know that i’m not the only one that wants kara to just GO AWAY!!! i think harry would be a decent replacement to simon b/c i would want someone who knows what they’re doing (i love ellen, but i think one casual listener is enough on the panel).- but really, kara just needs to go. i have a hard time envisioning this show with simon and paula gone… it’s probably going to head down the ‘star search’ lane or something soon after this season. i’ll expect it to air on saturday nights.

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galey

Posted at 5:36 PM on May 11, 2010  

I totally agree with Mary…….Kara needs to go – maybe Queen Latifah to take her place? Harry Konnick would be good in Simon’s place. I like the humor that Ellen adds.

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gbtw

Posted at 7:25 PM on May 11, 2010  

actually, i’m not sure if she’d do it, but i think queen latifah would be an EXCELLENT choice.

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dennis

Posted at 5:15 PM on May 11, 2010  

Idol does not need a pro… just a fun guy who likes music and says it is good or bad. However Idol is about to jump the shark…

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Suzanne

Posted at 4:32 PM on May 11, 2010  

Can’t Kara go??!!? She’s such a bore. Who picked her, anyways?

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mary

Posted at 4:23 PM on May 11, 2010  

Harry would be great!!It’s Kara who needs to be kicked off… When you are picking people for judges you need to pick people we all know..Kara is annoying, fake and winey!!!

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