Harry Connick Jr. is a crooner, jazz man, actor, and as seen from his previous work on American Idol, a candid and hands on mentor.
With Jennifer Lopez returning to the fold and Keith Urban back for another go round, American Idol is expected to regain its mojo.
The continued tension between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey turned off many American Idol enthusiasts, and last season’s finale drew an all time low 14.3 million. But the chemistry should dramatically improve this season.
“Just to be able to have a dialogue of music and entertainment and business is so stimulating to me,” said Connick during Monday’s TCA panels. “I just love it. And American Idol – it’s the best of its kind. The reason it has the track record that it does is because of the formula and the people that are involved this year.”
“The way they presented the opportunity to me of being a judge – I was just so happy that it worked out because we are really having a good time. And there’s some great talent this year.
In the audio featured below, Harry Connick Jr. talks about the importance of having a musical education and he also gives his thoughts on having “passion” for one’s craft.
American Idol has its season premiere Wednesday on FOX at 8 pm et/pt.