And, over the past few seasons of American Idol, it is the one time I actually jumped for joy over the selection of a judge.
Why? So many reasons. So many!
First of all, Harry Connick Jr. is a strong-willed, complex musician who will demand and expect only the best from the singers. No wishy-washy vibe will spillover from him. He is going to push those singers to achieve their very best.
Second of all, he is no pushover, so good luck trying to get him to bark like a dog and do sit-ups or whatever over a singer he does not believe in just because the producers tell him to do so.
Not. Going. To. Happen. In. A. Million. Years!
Thirdly, he will add spice and pizzazz at that judges table, so get ready for some entertaining sparks to fly.
For example, do you remember that showdown last season between Harry Connick Jr. and judge Randy Jackson? Harry was guest mentor for the Top 4 show. Randy suggested that, perhaps, Kree Harrison should have performed a. bluesier Etta James version of “Stormy Weather,” while Harry, who was more concerned that the Top 4 connected with the original melodic structure of the standards, disagreed.
Some sort of awkward argument ensued between Randy and Harry, making poor Kree look like an outsider in the process when it really was all about her.
Expect more of the same, especially if Randy Jackson has indeed taken on Jimmy Iovine’s role as mentor to the singers each week.
So, all in all, I am pretty happy with the way this judges’ table has played out, although I would have preferred an Adam Lambert/Jennifer Hudson/Harry Connick Jr. combo.
What do y’all think?