June 30, 2016  

Harry Connick Jr. Confirms He's Approached for 'American Idol' Judging Gig

May 3, 2013 (7:48 am) GMT
'You know, they kinda wanted to know if I would be interested in it,' the 'It Had to Be You' crooner admits following rumors that he may join the show as a judge next season.

Following his successful mentoring stint on "", may return to the show next year with a bigger role. Rumors circulating that the jazz singer/actor has been approached to join the show as a mentor for the upcoming season and he confirms it.

"You know, they kinda wanted to know if I would be interested in it," he told E! News when met backstage of the FOX singing competition after the May 2 results show. Though he enjoyed his time on the show, he pointed out that nothing had been set in stone as saying, "It's a fun show. It's been talked about before, who knows what'll happen in the future. What I've done thus far on the show has been really fun, so I've had a great time."

Asked about his salary demand, the 45-year-old jokingly replied, "$600 million!" On a serious note, he admitted that scheduling issue would be a problem should he take the gig. "I'm going on tour this year so, like, when would I do it? It's that kind of thing," he said.

Connick Jr. further revealed that he had been asked to be a judge on the show before after mentoring contestants in season 9. "The last time I was here, I was so flattered that they were kind of talking about it," he recalled. "And it didn't work out. There were a lot of things going on on their side and a lot of things going on on my side with just stuff. It's hard to make a commitment like that."

Sharing his vision of an ideal judge, the Daniel Connelly depicter in "" said, "I think you need to be completely honest, and I think you need to be diplomatic. 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."

Connick Jr. recently returned to "Idol" to serve as a mentor for the Top 4 of season 12. He also took the stage as a musical performer on the latest results show, which revealed the Top 3 and saw Amber Holcomb being sent home.

More American Idol News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Your Favorite 'Nashville' Stars Are Returning for Season 5. Find Out Which Ones
  2. Scarlett Johansson Is the Highest-Grossing Actress of All Time
  3. Real Reason Why Caitlyn Jenner Didn't Attend Khloe Kardashian's Birthday Party Revealed
  4. Ariel Winter Goes Naked in the Bathtub Days After Breakup
  5. 'Preacher' Gets Expanded Season 2, '12 Monkeys' Is Renewed for Season 3
  6. Iggy Azalea Dumped Nick Young After Finding Out He Impregnated His Ex Again
  7. Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna's Feud Ends. Stars Become 'Close' Friends Now
  8. Miles Teller Has Halo Screwed to His Skull in 'Bleed for This' Trailer