EXCLUSIVE: He is a self-professed big fan of American Idol who has done two very well-received stints as a guest mentor on the Fox singing competition and has been rumored for a judging gig on the show in the past. Could it be Harry Connick Jr‘s time? I hear the singer is on a shortlist of candidates for the seat on the Idol judging table, which became vacant again after a deal with music producer Dr. Luke fell through at the last minute. Asked in May on The Ellen DeGeneres Show whether he would be interested if asked to become a judge on Idol, Connick said, “Well, yeah, I mean I had a really good time! I had a good time mentoring. Judging is a whole different deal; I don’t know how good I would be at that.” Because the judge search is dragging on, Fox has not set dates for the taped auditions yet.

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