'American Idol': Aaron Kelly joins Zap2it's Harry Connick Jr. as 'Idol' judge campaign
We then discovered that Season 7 "Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle sees Connick as a good choice as well. She tells Zap2it, "He's someone who understands the entire process. He can do everything. Up until [Connick's episode] I really did not think it was possible to replace Simon, but Harry Connick Jr. made a believer out of me."
And now Aaron Kelly has joined the movement. He tells Zap2it in his "Idol" exit interview, "He would be a great replacement for Simon. He's very honest and he's going to tell you straight out. I think Harry Connick would fit the bill perfectly. I'm not sure [if it'll happen], I don't know how that works or anything, but for my opinion he'd be a great person to fill in Simon's spot."
Kelly also said that Connick was by far his favorite mentor. "He worked with us on such a personal level, he worked really hard in making sure that we all shined on our performance night. Just having a mentor who cares so much and is such an iconic figure. It was such an honor getting to share the stage with him, I felt really privileged having him as a mentor."
We think we're really picking up some steam with this idea. Are you listening, "American Idol" and FOX?
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