‘American Idol’ : Harry Connick Jr. is pleasant : worldleaks
Harry Connick Jr. is my favorite American Idol judge so far, and not just because he held a contestant like a baby on tonight’s season 13 premiere.
In the face of a steady stream of mediocre contestants, “your mom’s favorite singer” did not sugarcoat his reviews. Plenty of times, Keith Urban and J. Lo said yes to someone and Connick Jr. had to be honest: “I don’t think you’re a good enough singer. No.”
Connick Jr. spent the premiere playfully batting the warm and glowing ego balloon that is Jennifer Lopez — he could have been more lasting with his particular musicianship suggestions for people every time she smoothly steamrolled his opinions, but I think he’ll do that down the line during the live shows. Tonight, he held back, settled in, and toyed with the balloon gently plenty so that things stayed fun and she didn’t burst.
I have a feeling there won’t be many volatile moments on American Idol this season — and that’s probably for the best. Harry and Keith are clearly in goofy, stupid love, and that’s even better.
The judges’ dynamic is solid — a much-needed reprieve after last year’s bitchy mess.
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