According to Hollywood Reporter, singers Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak are in the running to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol.”
After Connick appeared this year as a guest mentor, he quickly became a front runner for Cowell’s spot. The 42-year-old Grammy-winning crooner with New Orleans roots was witty, honest and helpful to the contestants and injected life into what was often a lackluster season. He has musical credibility and chops. He can act. He’s well respected within the music industry. It just comes down to whether he wants it and how much “Idol” is willing to pay him.
Coincidentally, in the outtake moments “Idol” showed, Connick at one point is talking to Casey James’ mom and jokingly says, “He thought I was Chris Isaak!” He is truly hliarious.
Chris Isaak, 54, is another good looking dude with a deep voice. He’s a lesser known quantity for “Idol.” I don’t think he’s ever guest judged or mentored on the show though Wikipedia says he appeared on “Australian Idol” in 2008. He broke it big in 1990 with his haunting single “Wicked Game.” He had a Showtime sitcom where he played a fictionalized version of himself from 2001 to 2004 and recently did a talk show on the Biography Channel.
Apparently, Isaak has an Atlanta connection with that song. I dug this out of the AJC Peach Buzz coffers:
STAR PICKING: Evidently, filmmaker David Lynch and WAPW-FM (Power 99) music director Lee Chesnut might have been the only two people in America to think singer Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” was a hit song. Lynch used it in his film “Wild at Heart.” Chesnut saw the movie and loved the music. Quoted in Hit magazine, the singer was quick to point out Chesnut’s role: “It kinda came out of Atlanta. A guy down there by the name of Lee Chesnut just said, ‘Let’s play the song.’ And I’m glad he did.” “Wicked Game” became the most requested song on Power 99.
Otherwise, I have no clue if Isaak would work or not on the panel. But his video is a classic:
Isaak is also performing at Chastain tomorrow.
- Also saw that Crystal Bowersox is hitting Capitol Hill to talk about juvenile diabetes. Elliott Yamin, another Type 1 diabetes, did so a couple years back.
- And reports say more than 10,000 people showed up for Milwaukee auditions. I always find these numbers a bit circumspect because they often include friends and family. The actual people who audition is at most three quarters of that number. Still, it’s an encouraging figure given all the negativity about “Idol” slipping in popularity. Here’s Ryan Seacrest goofing around: