On judging American Idol hopefuls, judge Harry Connick Jr. tells David Letterman on his late night talker, “We already know how great they are,” he said of the contestants. “You have to be specific, and you have to be honest, and I think ultimately…it will benefit them if you give them honest critique.”
“It’s an incredibly rigorous schedule,” said Harry about the paces the contestants are put through on the show. “They have done extraordinary things. It’s really impressive.”
A number of elements go into making an American Idol, according to Harry. It’s somebody who is popular, has great talent and somebody who knows how to perform well. “It’s a little bit of everything,” he added.
After gushing about his fellow judges, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, Dave wondered (jokingly) about an Australian (Keith) judging an American contest. “I’ll pass that along,” quipped Harry.
Watch the interview below!