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Harry Connick, Jr. Fine He's Not an 'American Idol' Judge

PASADENA -- Harry Connick Jr. has no regrets about missing the American Idol bus. The New Orleans musician-crooner appeared as a mentor on the show last season and was among the seemingly endless list of A-list musicians in contention to join the new judging panel.

“I had a blast on the show,” said Connick. “They asked me if I was interested. We had some preliminary conversations and it just kind of fizzled out.”   Connick maintains busy musical and acting careers; he stars alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Dolphin Tale, schedule for a fall release.   “Fortunately,” said Connick, “I had some other things going on. So it was fine.”   Appearing here for television critics in support of PBS’ Great Performances, Connick noted that he hasn’t had much time to watch any television, not even David Simon’s New Orleans-set HBO drama Treme, which uses the rich musical scene in Connick’s native New Orleans as its backdrop.   “I’m embarrassed to say this, but I have not seen the show,” said Connick, adding that the “president of HBO gave me a stack of DVDs” and his band-mate Lucien Barbarin, a trombone player, appears in the show’s second season.