American Idol – It Was All About Harry
The name on everybodies lips last night after American Idol was Harry Connick Jr. He was the stand out judge. Not only was he witty, funny, intelligent and he also was not afraid to give some tough love to some of the more dodgier contestants.
If the other judges, Keith Urban and JLo were wondering why he was getting so much air time it was because he was worth it. One of his funnier monologues was when he was saying that all the contestants just looked at JLo and probably wondered who the hell he was.
He also told a 15 year old Morgan Deplitch she should not be singing lyrics to a song “Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as it “creeped him out”. Keith and JLo thought the lines ” If I was a man I’d make my move (Oooh. Oooh)
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth.” were fine for a 15 year old to sing. In fact the song sounded far better when cheerleader complete with cheerleading uniform sang it. By the way she was probably told to wear the outfit by the producers. Harry was again funny when he told her no but she got through anyway and three of her cheerleading friends bounced into the room. He exclaimed “I just turned down four cheerleaders, if I had known there were three others out there…”.
He also told a contestant “You are growing up in a time of pitch-correcting software, and you could really use it.”
Anyone who ever saw his mentor turn on Australian Idol many years ago would know he was going to be good. In fact what took them so long to get him on a US reality talent show?
It was a two hour episode to kick off the new season with auditions in Boston and Austin. It was a very enjoyable start to the new season. There appeared to be few sob stories and when they were they were relevant. I note Kaitlyn Jackson’s who at only 15 years of age wrote an amazing song about her grandfather. She seems a sure thing for the live shows as Harry said it will be interesting to see her each week.
There were also few joke contestants with Sam Atherton whose ego was five times that of his talent. He sang an original called “Love Does Not Last Forever” which JLo acknowledged that was true. It was abysmal and he went off in a huff.
What did you think of the new season of Idol? Which of the contestants did you think were the stand outs?