Harry Connick Jr. seemed at home as a mentor on this week’s American Idol, but does the singer have what it takes to become a permanent judge on the hit show? The folks at FOX seem to think so.
In Touch caught up with Harry, 45, after Idol this week, where the star confessed he was approached— more than once— to become a judge for the hit show.
So would he do it?
“Man, I don’t know. The last time I was here, I was so flattered that they were kind of talking about it and it didn’t work out,” he admits to the mag of his guest appearance in 2010. “There were a lot of things going on, on their side and a lot of things going on on my side – just stuff. It’s hard to make a commitment like that so I don’t know.”
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According to the soulful singer, the network is still gunning for him to take a seat at the judges table.
“You know, they kind of wanted to know if I would be interested in it. It’s a blast. It’s really, really, fun,” he says of his time on the competition series. “That’s what they kind of did last time. Everybody always said, ‘Would you ever be a judge?’ It’s not even American Idol, it’s people in the hallway saying, ‘Would you ever consider doing it?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah. Of course. It’s fun to do. I just don’t know if I can.’
While the star admits a great judge has to be “honest” and “diplomatic,” he also wanted the contestants to take his advice with a grain of salt while he was their mentor.
“I told them, ‘If y’all don’t like my advice, blow it off,’ but they asked me to advise them and that’s what I did. I said, 'If you don’t agree, please do what you gotta do.'"
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While there have been mixed reviews about this year’s new judges, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, we know there would be plenty of fans if Harry took a seat at the table.
So what would it take for him to seriously consider the gig? “$600 million dollars,” he quips.