DioGuardi: ‘Pick Connick Jr For Idol’

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June 29, 2010 | 5:04pm EST

Kara DioGuardi is leading the campaign to appoint Harry Connick, Jr. as Simon Cowell’s replacement on American Idol.

The crooner jumped to the top of the favourites list after he mentored the finalists for an episode on the latest season of the show – and songwriter DioGuardi insists he’d be the perfect for the role.

She says, “The way that he worked with the contestants, he really cared about them. I thought he was really, really great.”

Cowell quit the show last month and Connick, Jr., Bret Michaels and former Idol star Adam Lambert have emerged as frontrunners to take his seat on the judging panel.