Harry Connick Jr. on becoming an 'American Idol' judge: 'I had a good time mentoring, judging is a whole different deal'

harry-connick-jr-american-idol-judge-ellen-degeneres.jpg Harry Connick Jr. has mentored for "American Idol" twice and both times we thought he did a fantastic job. In fact, after his first time mentoring, we thought he was an excellent choice to replace Simon Cowell on the judges' panel -- and this year's Top 4 agree with us.

Harry talks to former "Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres on her show Wednesday (May 8) about the possibility of him judging the singing competition show.

"I've [mentored] twice and I had so much fun but they haven't said, 'Do you want to be a judge?'" says Connick Jr. "Like the security people and a couple of the interns say, 'Oh, you would be a good judge' and I'm like, 'Oh well, thank you.'"

"But I haven't had an actual talk and then I see online, like I'm in talks ... Even my wife is like, 'Wait, you're in talks with them?' I said, 'No. I'm not.' I haven't talked to anybody."

So Ellen wonders if someone in power at the show were to talk to him and Connick Jr. doesn't say he wouldn't do it.

"Well, yeah, I mean I had a really good time. I had a good time mentoring, judging is a whole different deal ... I don't know how good I would be at that," says Connick Jr.

What do you think, "Idol" fans? Would he make a good judge? (Hint: The answer is "yes.")
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