It is official, Harry Connick Jr is the newest member of the American Idol, judging panel to be named. So all rise as here comes the judge! It looks like Fox is slowly but surely getting their empty judging seats filled, although we still await confirmation of at least one other name tipped to be chosen.
E! News has reported that a source has confirmed that Harry will be setting on the panel with the returning Keith Urban and, according to boyfriend Casper Smart, Jennifer Lopez. The three will be sitting on the panel for season 13 of the show.
The 45 year-old performer has already been on American Idol. the first time as a mentor and performer, the second time as a guest judge in season 12. In May this year, Harry talked to E! News and revealed that he had been approached by the Fox network about joining the show in a more “full-time” capacity.
Harry Connick Jr enjoyed himself when he was a guest judge. After he’d appeared on the show, he spoke of how much fun he had. Speaking to E! News he said, “It’s a fun show. It’s been talked about before, who knows what’ll happen in the future. What I’ve done thus far on the show has been really fun, so I’ve had a great time.”
Harry went on to say, “I think you need to be completely honest, and I think you need to be diplomatic. I think there’s no reason to be mean, but it is called being a judge. You have to judge. That’s what you do.”
The other exciting news from Fox is the return of Randy Jackson. Jackson was the only judge who had been on the panel from the beginning and he announced that after season 12 he was leaving to pursue other ventures relevant to his career. Now, in a surprise move, it looks like Randy is back!
The 57 year-old performer will not be a judge though. He will be back as a mentor, but since he will be in familiar territory he should enjoy himself.
The Fox network have not released any statements about Connick Jr joining the show, but he will be with Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for the 13th season of the show. Hopefully, they can help to drag the shows ratings out of the basement.
The last few seasons for American Idol have steadily declined in terms of viewers. Even the on-air bickering between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey did not pull in extra viewers. Although, it could be said that their squabbling could have actually hurt the show.
We are pretty excited to hear that the golden voiced maestro Harry Connick Jr will be returning as a Judge in the new season of American Idol. Harry should be pleased, apart from his enjoyable first two stints on the show, he has a new album that will benefit. Every Man Should Know is his latest and Harry should get plenty of chances to plug his album.
So here comes the judge, Harry Connick Jr! Welcome back your honor!
By Michael Smith