melinda doolittle 320 getty 'American Idol's' Melinda Doolittle: Lee Dewyze is 'favorite,' Harry Connick should judge“American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle is busy promoting her book “Beyond Me” and embarking on a nationwide book tour in the month of May, but she still finds time to tune in to “Idol.”

She tells Zap2it about her Season 9 favorites and agrees with us that Harry Connick Jr. would make an excellent replacement for Simon Cowell.

So you’ve watched “Idol” Season 9?

Oh, yes. I have this great thing called a Slingbox so I don’t even have to be in town to watch it, I can be anywhere and watch it on my computer. Last night was huge for me, I love Harry Connick Jr. He became so much more of my hero after last night, I can’t even … it was awesome.

Do you have any favorites on the show?

I really loved Didi Benami, loved her. It was so hard for me to see her go home. I was the same way about Alex Lambert because I felt like he was a diamond in the rough. Lee is my favorite that’s still on the show. I like Lee better [than Crystal] and last night just sealed the deal for me. Oh my goodness. I put it on my Twitter and Facebook!

How do you feel about the show losing judge Simon Cowell?

It’s hard for me to imagine. Simon was such an integral part of my experience and my journey. I definitely talk about him a lot in the book because he was really one of my cheerleaders and one of my champions while I was on the show. I am really gonna miss him on the show. I’m not sure how it’s gonna go but after seeing Harry Connick Jr…

We think Harry Connick Jr. would be an excellent replacement!

Yes, he’s someone who understands the entire process. He can do everything. Up until last night I really did not think it was possible to replace Simon but Harry Connick Jr. made a believer out of me.

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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."