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Chris Isaak and Harry Connick Jr. frontrunners for Simon Cowell’s spot

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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:

75 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

Let them fight it out! I’m still for 3 judges, give Randy the boot please, and make the pick before the auditions.

The Negster

July 22nd, 2010
12:36 pm

Harry, it’s gotta be you.

Nutmeg

July 22nd, 2010
12:47 pm

I admit to being surprised that Harry is being seriously considered (despite the fan support).

His consideration is largely based on the episode in which he mentored… but what really made that episode stellar was the fact that he arranged the songs and performed with the contestants. I would have to see more of him before I agreed that he’s the perfect candidate. Still, he’s definitely got personality. He just seems nice, and I’m wary of nice in the Cowell seat.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
12:51 pm

How about Buster Poindexter? (aka David Johanssen) He’s be “hot hot HOT!” as a judge!

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
12:54 pm

I don’t know anything about Chris Isaak (I had to look to spell his name correctly) other than his song “Wicked Games.”

I just think HCJ might be too low-key for the show – though he did acquit himself well during his mentor stint.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
12:57 pm

If we want someone who is familiar with Idol… has name recognition… and would bring a flair for the dramatic to the show…. I nominate….

Norman Gentle! 8-O

Rodney Ho

July 22nd, 2010
1:03 pm

Norman would sure beat Tatiana! She could be the new Paula Abdul!

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Wow! I get another response from Rodney! I’m humbled! :-)

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Har-RY Har_RY Har RY

Although Chris Isaak wouldn’t be bad…..I’d want to see how he works with the contestants first. Harry has already proven himself there. I don’t think he’d hesitate to tell them if they were singing “out of tune”.

BTW…isn’t it weird that you can’t post sp1ce on the blog but you can post a video with a half nekkid girl?

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Very few people know this, but Pac Man suffers from the same eye condition Glen Beck recently revealed he has.

Therefore, a complicated software program translates typed words into braille, which Pac Man reviews before deciding whether or not to allow something to pass.

Therefore, all video is good to go! :-)

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Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Harry definitely has the advantage in charm, personality, etc. Having seen him in ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Hope Floats,’ he’s definitely got an ease in front of the camera that Ellen doesn’t seem have (despite her having a live audience.)

It would be interesting to see how he does in front of an audience – without the chance for multiple takes.

JTesla

July 22nd, 2010
1:33 pm

The one flaw with Harry: the Harry vs. Ellen banter that will beat us down EVERY SINGLE SHOW! I got my fill of the Simon vs. Ryan and Simon vs. Paula. We don’t need any more manufactured drama.

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2010
1:59 pm

And let’s not leave out Kara who would be all over Harry…might even go so far as to sit in his lap during the whole show…at which point Mrs Harry(Jill Goodacre) would show up for a show down.

hmmmm, that might not be so bad. Specially if the contestants are as “talented” as they were this past season.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

If it’s a case of hot spouse v. ‘hot spouse’, Harry’s (Jill Goodacre) definitely wins over Ellen’s (Portia de Rossi)

Janet

July 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

I like Harry a lot, but don’t underestimate Chris Isaak. He is terrific in concert and was quite funny on his cable show a few years ago.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
2:16 pm

Whichever one gets Simon’s chair…. thank goodness we got rid of the Clay/Ruben/Clay/Ruben/Clay string of threads!

Rosita

July 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

Rickster, it’s uncanny how you always bounce back! You’re not Irish, are you? B/c I think I’m going to start calling you Rick O’Shea!

Rosita

July 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

The trouble with Harry . . . Wait! There IS no trouble with Harry! He’d outshine Simonizer in six weeks flat.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
3:48 pm

I’m part Irish (the best part, actually.)

When I used to wait tables, on St. Pat’s day I used to wear a “Rick O’shea” nametag. Not many people got it.

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

Not to mention that Harry would dress better than a gray//black/white v-neck t-shirt!

Rick O' Shea

July 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

kelly&carriefan

July 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

So, Carrie is back from her honeymoon. From the pics, I have one comment to Mr. Fisher: “Dude, you’re married to Carrie Freakin’ Underwood! Can’t you hold her hand?!”

http://www.popsugar.com/Pictures-Carrie-Mike-9206974?

kelly&carriefan

July 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

LOL, Rickster….is this a permanent change or like when we had JTe$la? ;)

Rosita

July 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

Is this a new page layout or are my eyes going the way of Glenn Beck’s?

Rosita

July 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Aah, that’s better. There’s nothing I would want to share with Glenn Beck!!

Rick O' Shea

July 22nd, 2010
4:03 pm

I’ll take votes on Rickster v. Rick o’Shea. :-)

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Balloting remains open until 5:00 PM, Friday. Results will be announced on Monday. :-)

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

I wouldn’t mind sharing his paycheck, Rosita. Wouldn’t mind in the least. $

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

And don’t forget… for a while we also had Rick$ter! 8-O

Woodpappy

July 22nd, 2010
4:23 pm

Hey I’m all for Harry Conick, Jr. Think he could fill Simon’s shoes as good as anyone else, if not better than any of those candidates we’ve heard rumored.

Rosita

July 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Rickster: I wouldn’t mind sharing his Tempurpedic. ;-0

I vote for Rick O’Shea or, alternatively, Rickshaw

JTesla

July 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

Hey, the ladies put up with my ogling so I will pitch in and root for them to get some eye candy: Harry, Harry!

I vote: Rickster.

JTesla

July 22nd, 2010
4:39 pm

Why not Ricochet?

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
4:43 pm

Not to disparage any former or future contestants… but I’m so tired of actors & musicians trooping up to Washington DC to beg Congress to give more money to their favorite cause or the latest cause celebre.

It’s not the government’s job!!

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2010
4:56 pm

The gov’t wants to make EVERYTHING its job and keep us all dependent and wimpy.

Har-RY, Har-RY, Har-RY!!!!!!!!

Rickster

July 22nd, 2010
4:58 pm

Have a great evening, everyone!

JTesla

July 22nd, 2010
4:59 pm

Actually, that really is the job of Congress. I’m not saying that they do it well, but it’s what they do.

Har-RY, Har-RY!!!

I Smell Poop

July 22nd, 2010
5:20 pm

Harry ‘Poop-Pants’ Connick Jr could never replace Simon, please be serious! Didn’t anybody check him out on The Ellen Degeneres Show? Looks like he needs to check himself into Silver Hill Hospital, if you ask me, and probably Ellen too. Anyway, Harry, ‘America’s Mephitic Music Man’ better do it quick unless he wants to end up like is good old DA… And finally, don’t have him sing ‘Pants On the Ground’, unless that is if the show’s now ‘airing’ for laughs.

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2010
5:23 pm

We don’t want to “replace” Simon. He can’t be replaced. We want a whole new style of judge!

Har-RY Har-RY Har-RY!

JTesla

July 22nd, 2010
5:23 pm

In other news: Simon Cowell is being sued in the UK for airing an audition tape on Britain’s Got Talent. http://www.katu.com/entertainment/99043659.html

Highlander

July 22nd, 2010
8:11 pm

I can’t help but wonder if this is all a big publicity sham to keep people talking about Idol through the off-season, then we’ll end up with someone totally out of left field as the new judge.

Why should we think 19 will shell out big money for a new judge?

After all, few people (in the general public) had ever heard of Simon or Randy or Kara before AI.

Mercedes S.

July 22nd, 2010
8:11 pm

Couple replies… Sam, from previous thread, I liked “The Kids Are All Right” very much. Did not care for “Inception” at all. Notice how all the positive reviews keep saying, “of course, you have to see ‘Inception’ more than once to ‘get it’.” No thanks. I\d rather stay dumb. Speaking of which, the hero’s name is Dom Cobb… as in Dummkopf?

Rickster… did you ever see HCJ play a serial killer in “Copycat”? Terrifying!

As for Glenn Beck sobbing about “going blind”, I know two ladies in their mid-90s with that disease. They’ve had it for ages.

Highlander

July 22nd, 2010
8:18 pm

“Anyway, Harry, ‘America’s Mephitic Music Man’ better do it quick unless he wants to end up like is good old DA…” – I Smell Poop, 5:20pm

10 points for obscure word choice but -50 for the gist of your post being pure ca-ca! :D

Deirdre

July 22nd, 2010
8:59 pm

I saw Inception once and had no trouble “getting it” I don’t know what the critics are talking about.

As for Glenn Beck. I’m not fond of him…over dramatic. But Macular Dystrophy(according to an interview with a number of eye doctors) is a generic term for a variety of eye problems, some of which cause blindness and some that barely cause any problem at all. Don’t know what kind he has.

Highlander, I think it’s very possible that the new judge won’t be anybody who has been previously mentioned. Just remember how shocked we all were when Ellen was announced.

I’ll be back on the blog on Monday. Enjoy! I’ll miss you!

Harriett

July 22nd, 2010
9:01 pm

Just peeking in from the beach. Har RY Har RY Har RY! That’s my two cents for now. Gotta run see SYTYCD. Having a good time so f

DebDoes

July 22nd, 2010
9:41 pm

Got to be Harry C……not sure Chris could hold his own up against Kara and Randy….Ellen will loosen up this season for sure.

Harm

July 22nd, 2010
9:53 pm

So, I was disappointed that Hannibel Means went home last night on AGT. I thought he was a odd but amusing man.
I wonder if Billy will be leaving SYTYCD in a moment? They haven’t had to choose the last 2 weeks, the injured dancer left.

Harm

July 22nd, 2010
9:58 pm

No one went home, 2 will go home next week.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

While we’re discussing Simon….

The Associated Press

3:42 p.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010
LONDON — A woman who was rejected from the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” is trying to sue the program’s host Simon Cowell for publicly humiliating her.

Emma Czikai says Cowell was responsible for broadcasting her audition clip, despite her writing to him explaining that health problems had affected her performance.

The 54-year-old said Thursday at a pre-hearing review in London that she brought the case to retain her “self-respect and dignity.” The review will determine if a full employment tribunal can go ahead.

She says her performance of Westlife’s “You Raise Me Up” last year was affected by an ailment that caused painful swelling all over the body.

The Sun newspaper reported that Czikai is seeking 2.5 million pounds ($3.8 million) in the lawsuit.

kelly&carriefan

July 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

Well, shoot, if they want to hire an unknown…I am available and quite inexpensive. ;)

Oh, and happy Friday!

JTesla

July 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

Sorry Rickster, I scooped you at 5:23 pm. ;)

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

s’okay. It’s not like I haven’t been scooped before.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

Oh man… here we go again. A front-page link. Time to make like a submariner preparing for a dive and batten down the hatches.

JTesla

July 23rd, 2010
10:33 am

Insert crickets sounds *here*.

JTesla

July 23rd, 2010
10:34 am

Or cricket as the case may be.

kelly&carriefan

July 23rd, 2010
10:45 am

Rickster, grab a bottle, hunker down, and pray for daylight! ;)

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

chirp chirp..

Gary

July 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

Tell me again why they need to replace Simon with anyone? They still have 3 judges, that was good enough for the first several seasons. Maybe its time to just pull the plug on the franchise, especially after the results from last season.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

Because they think that the change will help draw in huge numbers of people who will want to see the “new guy” (and I use a gender-specific term since it’s highly unlikely that they’ll replace Simon with a female.)

It’s all about the ratings. It’s alway been all about the ratings. Unfortunately, their decisions have caused Idol’s ratings to slip – rather than climb.

Did Idol ever release anything about the results of their survey? I don’t remember seeing it.

Rosita

July 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

Off to Lake Lure for the weekend — everybody have a great one!

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

One thing I soooo dislike about AI, AGT & BGT, et. al, is how much importance they place on the judges. During the auditions, AGT introduces each one – then they get to stroll down the aisle giving/getting high fives to/from the audience.

As long as the shows continue to place a higher priority on the judges (or ‘taters, as Lady Linny so aptly calls them) the shows will continue to suffer.

Place the focus back where it needs to be… on the acts/talent/performers… rather than judges & back stories. As Katy Parry so eloquently put it… it’s not a “Lifetime movie.”

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

Where’s Lake Lure?

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

K&CF… the bottle’s already been opened & emptied! (Of course… it was only a 20-ounce Coke!) :-)

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Never mind.. I googled it. It’s in NC.

The University of Georgia Tech

July 23rd, 2010
11:52 am

chris isaak please

msw

July 23rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Does Rickster have a job or does he just blog all day?

Anne

July 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Yes it has to be Harry…..And he’s so easy on the eyes.

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2010
12:28 pm

“Salt” is everything “Inception” isn’t, and has everything it doesn’t have – suspense, believable action, storyline, intriguing characters, people you root for, and dialog that makes sense. Tom Cruise turned down “Salt” for “Knight and Day”, which sank like the proverbial stone. Salt is the last name of Angelina Jolie’s character, a secret agent, who does everything Bond did, but “backwards and in heels”. Great supporting performances from Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Elijofor as Angie’s Cia co-workers. Director Philip Noyce knows how to create suspense the old-fashioned way!

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Of course I know how to spell CIA, but I took stab at Chiwetel’s last name: it’s Ejiofor. I should know it by now, he’s one of my favorite actors.

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

“Ramona and Beezus” is that rare thing, a children’s movie adults will enjoy too. Unlike other kiddie flicks where car chases and explosions drive the “action”, “R&B” is a well-rounded character-comedy with quite a bit of seriousness thrown in. Ramona, played by Joey King, and Beezus (Selena Gomez) squabble like siblings do, but come together when faced with real problems, such as a pet’s death or a parent being laid-off from work.

FIlm of course based on Beverly Cleary’s beloved books about Ramona the Pest.

Rodney Ho

July 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

New blog entry up.

Marlene

July 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

I loved Harry on AI. He was encouraging, insightful, brilliant, and hilarious! PLEASE give Harry Connick Jr the job!!!!!!

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