harry connick jr gi 320 'American Idol': Should Harry Connick Jr. replace Simon Cowell?We think we just found Simon Cowell’s “American Idol” replacement with Frank Sinatra week mentor Harry Connick Jr.

We will confess to not even giving Connick a thought before the Tuesday, May 4 episode of “American Idol,” but after seeing him not only mentor those kids, but dig right into the arrangements and the music, we are completely convinced it should be him who fills Simon Cowell’s judging shoes.

Most mentors just stand next to the piano and smile at the Idols for 10 seconds apiece, then have to sit in the audience on performance night and pretend like they care. But not Connick. He rolled up his sleeves and jumped right in.

Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but Harry Connick Jr. is personable, funny, good-looking and charming. He’s not as prickly-funny as Simon Cowell, but we can see him being honest without being as mean as Cowell can be sometimes and he clearly has a good sense of humor about the show.

One also has to wonder because the show gave Harry Connick a lot of screentime, the contestants were showcased giving talking-heads about him and the judges took a lot of time to compliment him on his work. Is the “Idol” machine laying some groundwork? Was Harry Connick Jr.’s stint as the “American Idol” mentor his coming out party as the next “American Idol” judge? We certainly hope so.

But what do you guys think? Good choice?

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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."