American Idol 2014: Harry Connick Jr ‘Excited’ To Be New Judge


One of American Idol’s favorite mentors is now an official judge.

As we announced yesterday, Harry Connick Jr. has joined the American Idol 2014 judging panel along with returning judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez. Harry was a fan-favorite mentor in the past and each time he appeared on the show, fans were left asking for more. They’re finally getting it when American Idol premieres its 13th season in January.

“I have always been a huge fan of American Idol and really enjoyed my time as a mentor on the show,” Harry said in a statement. “And I am honored that they’ve asked me to be a judge this season. As an entertainer, I am truly excited to bring my perspective to American Idol, and to help emerging performers find their way.”

Harry and the other judges started filming in Boston this week. And as you can see above, we’ve got the first photo of the new trio! Harry has even tweeted about the new gig.

“So excited to be on @AmericanIdol!!! i’ve already judged my wife and daughters like three times this morning. do they sell gavels on amazon?”

Are you excited to see Harry Connick Jr. on the American Idol judging panel?





  1. I do believe ill return to watching again. I watched every year until last and refused to watch last year due to Nick Minajh ? She was very trashy for your show

  2. I am glad to see some top performers in the industry. Harry Connick Jr. will add a different perspective. Great panel of judges and I can’t wait for the season to begin. One of my favorite, if not my favorite, shows.

  3. So Glad Keith is coming back I thought he done great last year he seemed like he enjoyed it and was a real deal..

  4. With Lopez return I’m not gonna watch this year, and my favorite judge Randy Jackson’s exit, I’m done with the show!

  5. Well I like Keith and the new guy I don’t know him but as for Lopez I can NOT understand why she is back omg grrrrrrrr and Randy is the mentor now that is funny last season SUCKED it was the Nicky hour now we have the Lopez hour Sorry American Idol you are on your way out

  6. Lopez is not in this for Idol or helping new talent. She is in it for herself. Last year, sales dropped for her. She’s back to suck the life out of Idol with her predictable goosie comments, take their high salary, and make more money with her new releases. HCJ is smart-alecky and has a condescending attitude. Keith did a good job last year. I like him.

  7. I have watched every season. I was not going to watch this year. The show is no longer Kid/family friendly. I hope with Harry Connick Jr. the show will turn back to good clean
    entertainment. I also think the age limit is too high. It needs to go back to 16-21 years of age.

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