It takes a village (of talented contestants) to create a memorable American Idol season, but hilarious, insightful new judge Harry Connick, Jr. is already positioning himself as its mayor.
On the season premiere of Reality Check — yes, we’ve placed Idology beneath a broader umbrella! — my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I weigh in on Harry’s most memorable moments (the cradling! the rewind requests! the pentatonic scale!) from Week 1 of Season 13 — and also dish our favorite auditioners from the Boston, Austin and San Francisco tryouts. (Hello, Sam Woolf!)
What’s more, Melinda helps me navigate my conflicted feelings about the winning, goofy chemistry of the Season 13 panel (Harry, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez) and my general distrust of J.Lo based on her dubious performance during Seasons 10 and 11.
So press play below for the full Reality Check experience, and follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV for all my Idol-related news, recaps, interviews and exclusives!