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We've known since January that Simon Cowell would be leaving Fox's American Idol after this season -- and we still have no idea who's being tapped to replace him. If the producers are taking suggestions, top-four finalist Aaron Kelly would like to nominate a surprising candidate: Harry Connick Jr..
The former Will & Grace star was on hand to guest-coach the potential Idols during Tuesday's Frank Sinatra episode; he also arranged the music, including the bland rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon" that got Aaron Kelly eliminated. But the young singer doesn't hold a grudge: Kelly, 17, told MTV that Connick was his favorite mentor on the show. And he says the 42-year-old jazz singer would fit "perfectly" as a judge. "He would be a great replacement for Simon," says Kelly. "He's very honest, and he's gonna tell you straight out."
While many rated Connick's judging the highlight of this week's competition, the singer-actor didn't match the bracing honesty that Simon is known (and loved and hated) for. Embracing the "villain" role on Idol seems a stretch for a performer like Connick, with his boyish smile and aww-shucks likeability. Even the piano man himself has doubts; on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Thursday, he said he doesn't feel qualified to replace Cowell.
"I don't know if I'd be a good judge," Connick responded when Seacrest popped the question. "...I can look at people objectively and say what I think about their performance skills or singing skills, but the pop world isn't my world."
Of course, the next Idol judge won't necessarily have to play the bad guy... but without a villain to boo, wouldn't the show be a lot less fun?
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