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Hooray for Harry: Connick makes 'Idol' worth watching again

Could Harry Connick Jr. be a knee-slapping savior for 'American Idol'? He sure was funny last night.

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Could Harry Connick Jr. be a knee-slapping savior for 'American Idol'? He sure was funny last night.

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January

Okay, so the ratings for American Idol are still a bummer for Fox, but the reviews for last night's premiere are across-the-board raves, especially a tsunami of huzzahs for new judge Harry Connick Jr., who we absolutely agree was knee-slapping great (even while being the most critical, which is a double-boon for the show). But don't take our word for it. TV Guide says, "American Idol has recaptured its magic, and Harry Connick Jr. is responsible for casting the spell." EW.com's Popwatch blog calls Connick "delicious": "Connick Jr. spent the premiere playfully batting the warm and glowing ego balloon that is Jennifer Lopez." And MTV detailed 13 times Harry stole the show, including the line: "You do know who I am, right? ... No, I am Chris Isaak." We especially love how Harry refers to J.Lo, a bona fide diva, with a simple, NBD "Jen." The Feed's Michelle Stark tells me I should't be surprised: "You obviously never watched Will and Grace: The Connick Years. Dude's a total gem." But will he be gem enough to save the show? AI is back tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00pm]

    

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