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Harry Connick Jr. Lands Third 'American Idol' Judge Spot
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 08/31/2013 | Kim Masters, Sophie Schillaci

Posted on 08/31/2013 6:26:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 08/31/2013 6:58:39 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

The singer joins Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the upcoming panel.

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Harry Connick Jr. is returning to American Idol -- this time, in a judge's seat.

The singer, who has appeared on the Fox reality competition multiple times as a mentor and performer, is inking a deal to serve as a judge alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the upcoming 13th season, a source close to the show tells The Hollywood Reporter.

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The news comes one week after THR revealed that Dr. Luke, previously considered a frontrunner for the position, dropped out of negotiations due to a conflict with his label at Sony Music. (Sony rival Universal Music Group holds exclusive rights to American Idol recordings.)

Earlier this week, THR reported that Connick was a contender for the gig as Fox was reluctant to bring another woman on board after last season's friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which did not play well with the show's key older female demographic. While the network had hoped to bring an industry professional into the mix, time is of the essence. Had the show not signed a third judge soon, production could have faced a delay.

On Thursday evening, Idol producer Simon Fuller hosted a small party in the champagne room of Los Angeles hotspot Bouchon with series mainstay Randy Jackson (who will move from judge to mentor in the upcoming season), Urban, Lopez and Connick on hand to toast the forthcoming announcement.

Friday morning, Ryan Seacrest set fans' tongues wagging with a tweet: "Got some @AmericanIdol news for you coming very soon…"

Fox declined to comment.

Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun had been widely reported as the show's next likely candidate after Dr. Luke was officially out, but Braun reportedly passed on the opportunity.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: americanidol; harryconnickjr
STRICTLY FOR FANS OF THE SHOW ONLY
1 posted on 08/31/2013 6:26:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well I always thought that Nicki Minaj was Valerie Jarrett with a wig. Maybe this confirms it.


2 posted on 08/31/2013 6:29:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: SeekAndFind; silent_jonny

Pinging Silent Jonny for the thread.

I’m glad my dawg will be back, and I do admit to liking Harry Connick Jr.


3 posted on 08/31/2013 6:33:04 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

I want Paula back


4 posted on 08/31/2013 6:34:02 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

Harry C should call it as it is.


5 posted on 08/31/2013 6:42:08 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: SeekAndFind
Harry Connick, Jr isn't a household name, the conditions for which that I believe is the secret to maintaining longevity for the show. Connick Jr is will not remain on the show for longer than a year.

The singer that I believe most personifies the sense in which 'American Idol' will continue on the air for many years to come is Vanilla Ice.

6 posted on 08/31/2013 6:44:00 PM PDT by lbryce (The 22nd Amendment Lives:1142 Days Until America's Greatest Nemesis Gets the Heave "Ho")
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't have anything against Harry, but I am jealous he has Jill:

7 posted on 08/31/2013 6:47:19 PM PDT by real saxophonist (All you poor, all you needy, all you're doin' is givin' to the greedy... Temptations, 'Power')
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To: lbryce

Idol needs a villain... someone people can BOO with gusto.

Unfortunately with Simon Cowell gone, they haven’t found one yet.


8 posted on 08/31/2013 6:49:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Aw, brilliant! Brilliant! I’ve got nipples, that’s great! You could hear me play the music your parents fell in love to, but, instead, I got nipples! Are you done now, man?! Come on!”


9 posted on 08/31/2013 6:52:02 PM PDT by struggle
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To: SeekAndFind

The fourth judge, which is one too many, will be of the negro persuasion


10 posted on 08/31/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SeekAndFind
Thank God for this show. The well of karaoke performers is almost dry.


11 posted on 08/31/2013 6:56:01 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: nascarnation
Nicki Minaj was Valerie Jarrett Dennis Rodman with a wig.

Corrected your post to my understanding of that "reality".

12 posted on 08/31/2013 7:18:57 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t think it was coming back. I gave up on it when Simon left.


13 posted on 08/31/2013 8:08:12 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: SeekAndFind
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~ When It's For The Fans Only ~


14 posted on 08/31/2013 8:11:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A white woman would be accused of racism if she gave birth to a white baby.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It was apparent last season Connick was a contender and I’m so happy he’s an addition. Nothing could be worse than the train wreck last season with the two divas. Jennifer and Harry are known worldwide and I’m looking forward to the new season. That being said, I wish Pauler and Simon would return.


15 posted on 08/31/2013 9:16:42 PM PDT by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: Kirkwood

You are kidding...right? Good grief!!! FReepers do not pay attention to this liberal democratic kiddie crap....do they?


16 posted on 08/31/2013 9:34:37 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: bobby.223

I liked the “pants on the ground” singer.


17 posted on 08/31/2013 10:30:48 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

About the only good thing that’s come out of that show.


18 posted on 08/31/2013 10:31:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: real saxophonist
Victoria's Secret catalogs used to be interesting, back when she graced the pages.
19 posted on 09/01/2013 3:07:40 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: bobby.223

Oh yes, some of us do. We sometimes need a diversion from BO and his regime tactics. However, anyone who would pay JLo $17 million a year to sit at a desk and look pretty needs their head examined.


20 posted on 09/01/2013 4:07:40 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Hardastarboard

LMAO good one!


21 posted on 09/01/2013 7:45:46 AM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: SeekAndFind

>>Unfortunately with Simon Cowell gone, they haven’t found one yet.<<

They did learn B!tch<>Lovable Villain (or Villain You Love to Hate)


22 posted on 09/01/2013 3:34:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (Yogi Berra))
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