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