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Kara DioGuardi: Harry Connick Jr. would be a good 'American Idol' fit

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/16/2010 

Kara DioGuardi feels that Harry Connick, Jr. would be a good fit for the American Idol judging panel void left by Simon Cowell.

"I really liked Harry Connick. I don't think that you need to replace Simon with somebody who is like Simon because no one will ever be Simon. It's impossible," said DioGuardi during a Friday morning appearance on Sirius XM's The Morning Mash Up! radio program.

"[Cowell] does things that no one has ever done. He's created this tremendous character who is funny, still has a human side, but is just blatantly honest. So what I liked about Harry is he is put so much time into helping those contestants and I think he really did help them."

Connick served as an American Idol ninth-season musical mentor during the Top 5 performance episode early last month, and he subsequently stated he was unsure how good a judge he would be on the Fox reality series.

Regardless of who it is, DioGuardi feels it is necessary for a fourth person to join the American Idol judging panel -- something that former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe recently stated isn't a good idea.

"Now people have gotten used to four judges. When I first came on, it was definitely 'Oh she's taking over Paula,' which was not the case," explained DioGuardi.

"I was never there to take Paula's position. I do think that the four judges works. It's really about getting someone who has a lot of experience in music to replace Simon."

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