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Harry Connick, Jr., the highly accomplished singer, actor, composer and pianist, made an appearance as mentor on American Idol the night of May 4, 2010.
Connick embraced his role as no mentor has before on the show, not only coaching the contestants and making constructive criticism, but also providing arrangements and accompanying the contestants during their performances, all with a sense of humor that was thoroughly entertaining. Connick seemed to both relax and inspire the contestants.
On January 11, 2010, Simon Cowell, the most iconic of the American Idol judges, announced that he would be leaving the show at the end of the current season. Cowell's acerbic commentary has been one of the reasons for American Idol's success.
Finding a suitable replacement for him will be critical to the continued success of the program. Harry Connick, Jr. possesses the talent, musical knowledge, stage presence and personality to, not only fill Cowell's shoes, but potentially take American Idol to another level.