Harry was a guest mentor on the May 1 episode of ‘American Idol,’ adding helpful criticism and a great sense of humor. He would be perfect for the judges panel — here’s why.
In my opinion, Harry Connick Jr. totally overshadowed judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson as the top four battled it out once again. His down-to-earth personality and real, genuine willingness to help the contestants was refreshing and exactly what the show has been missing this season. Could he be taking a seat on the judges panel next year? I think he should!
‘American Idol’ & Harry Connick Jr. — A Winning Combo
Angie Miller, Amber Holcolm, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison had an effortless ease around Harry. His unique sense of humor had Angie giggling through their mentoring session — I’m sure it didn’t hurt that he looked adorable with those glasses!
Amber seemed so comfortable around him that even when she forgot the words to the song while practicing, she hummed and snapped along with ease, and really connected to the song. It was interesting that Randy pointed out that she didn’t connect to the song in the same way when she sang it for America that she did when she was singing to Harry.
I loved that Harry agreed with Candice about not changing the pronouns of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.” They both knew that she could tell the story of the song. It was true — I completely forgot she was saying “man” instead of “girl” because her performance was so stunning! I love that he instilled extra confidence in Candice.
The current judges are obviously experts in their own right, but last night I heard the word “stellar” at least four times (from multiple judges). And if I hear Randy say, “She’s in it to win it!” again, I’ll snap. They all want to win!
I thought Harry was a refreshing change of pace from the judges we’ve grown accustomed to. At the very least, he was more likable than Jimmy Iovine! Sorry, Jimmy.
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