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.
The collapse of songwriter and producer Dr. Luke’s deal to judge American Idol was a tough setback for Fox, Fremantle and the show's producers that has left little time to fill a judge’s slot before the show begins taping, which originally was set for next Tuesday but could be delayed.
Every week, AmericanIdol sends a finalist home -- but not before they step in front of the cameras for one last interview with The Hollywood Reporter's special correspondent (and season 10 alum) CaseyAbrams.
AmericanIdol’s top four elimination night results show is notoriously the most emotional night of the season. With no more saves left, there is plenty on the line, including the show’s famed hometown visits for the top three remaining Idols.
And who did Idol have on hand to lend emotional support for the occasion? Season seven winner DavidCook (pictured below), who offered the remaining girls sage advice: “You're gonna cry. I did. And I don't ever cry. That's a lie. That rhymed a lot."
It was Groundhog’s Day in May at American Idol on Wednesday night, as the final four girls faced off for a second time in a battle of the ballads. You saw all the action (or lack of it) and you head the runs and big notes, but what didn’t you see? Read on for a view from inside…
1. He’s often in attendance but not always seen among the throngs of exciting audience members, but Idol creator and XIX Entertainment founder Simon Fuller was most certainly in the house for the final four, part deux.