Now that Dr. Luke is officially out of the running for American Idol's third judging spot, producers have set their eyes on an old friend.
Harry Connick Jr., who has appeared on the Fox reality series many times as a mentor to the contestants, is in talks to join Idol as a judge, E! News has learned exclusively.
The Idol rumor mill has been cranking constantly, with only two names emerging as a sure thing: Jennifer Lopez and returning judge Keith Urban. Sources tell us that now that producer Dr. Luke had to bow out due to conflict of interest, Harry is their top choice. The negotiations for him to join are currently ongoing.