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During a press conference call on the 13th season of American Idol this morning, judge Harry Connick Jr confirmed that he will indeed return for the 14th season of the show.
"I'm definitely coming back!" confirmed the Idol judge on the conference call. "It was an amazing journey and I'm looking forward to doing it again."
Of the close relationship he has with his fellow judges Connick Jr. commented, "It's tough to fake that - it's live TV. We spend a lot of time together, from the audition stage to the back stage to traveling - they're great to be with."
Speaking on fellow judge Keith Urban, "It's impossible not to fall in love with him." On Jennifer Lopez he adds, "Jenn is as lovely and bright as you would hope."
In addition to his music career, Connick has also appeared on the screen and stage as an actor. Among his feature film credits are "Little Man Tate," "Copycat," "Hope Floats," "Memphis Belle," "Independence Day," "Life without Dick," "Mickey," "Basic," "P.S. I Love You," "New in Town" and "Dolphin Tale." His voiceover skills were featured in "My Dog Skip" and "The Iron Giant." Next fall, he will be seen in "Dolphin Tale 2," the sequel to 2011's No. 1 hit family film.
On television, Connick is perhaps best known for his recurring role on "Will & Grace." He also appeared in an arc of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and has graced audiences with his musical talents in several Primetime specials, including "Harry for the Holidays," the animated tale "The Happy Elf" and the Emmy Award-winning PBS Specials "Only You in Concert" and "Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway."
His Broadway career boasts equal recognition, having received Tony Award nominations as both composer/lyricist for the musical "Thou Shalt Not" and as the lead in the Tony Award-winning revival of "The Pajama Game." He also has adapted "The Happy Elf" for children's theater, starred in the Broadway revival of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" and - on the 20th anniversary of his first Broadway concerts at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre - brought his live show for an extended residency at the Neil Simon Theatre.