Television writers have been buzzing about Harry Connick Jr. since last spring, but several media reports indicated Wednesday that Fox had finally settled on the actor-singer as a complement to Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Though Connick Jr. isn't exactly a big name with the younger generation of "American Idol" fans, producers are eager to please their key demographic of older women -- who didn't take to the constant bickering between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj last season.
“Well, yeah, I mean I had a really good time! I had a good time mentoring," Connick Jr. told Ellen DeGeneres when rumors began back in May. "Judging is a whole different deal; I don’t know how good I would be at that.”
Though there's no official word from Connick Jr.'s camp, the 45-year-old father of three gave E! News a hint of his judging style last May.
"I think you need to be completely honest, and I think you need to be diplomatic," he said. "I think there's no reason to be mean, but it is called being a 'judge.' You have to judge. That's what you do."
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