harry connick jr american idol judge ellen degeneres Harry Connick Jr. on becoming an 'American Idol' judge: 'I had a good time mentoring, judging is a whole different deal'Harry Connick Jr. has mentored for “American Idol” twice and both times we thought he did a fantastic job. In fact, after his first time mentoring, we thought he was an excellent choice to replace Simon Cowell on the judges’ panel — and this year’s Top 4 agree with us.

Harry talks to former “Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres on her show Wednesday (May 8) about the possibility of him judging the singing competition show.

“I’ve [mentored] twice and I had so much fun but they haven’t said, ‘Do you want to be a judge?'” says Connick Jr. “Like the security people and a couple of the interns say, ‘Oh, you would be a good judge’ and I’m like, ‘Oh well, thank you.'”

“But I haven’t had an actual talk and then I see online, like I’m in talks … Even my wife is like, ‘Wait, you’re in talks with them?’ I said, ‘No. I’m not.’ I haven’t talked to anybody.”

So Ellen wonders if someone in power at the show were to talk to him and Connick Jr. doesn’t say he wouldn’t do it.

“Well, yeah, I mean I had a really good time. I had a good time mentoring, judging is a whole different deal … I don’t know how good I would be at that,” says Connick Jr.

What do you think, “Idol” fans? Would he make a good judge? (Hint: The answer is “yes.”)

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."