07:47 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 09/04/2013 07:00PM
Jennifer Lopez is happy to be back in her seat on American Idol's judges' panel.
"I love this show and I'm glad to be back," the singer and actress said Wednesday at a press conference in Boston, where she appeared alongside her co-judges, newbie Harry Connick Jr. and veteran Keith Urban, for their first stop of season 13.
"Last year I went off and toured the whole world for the first time," Lopez, 44, added. "It wasn't the easiest thing to fit in this season of Idol, but I do love it so much ... I did miss it."
Originally posted 09/03/2013 11:00AM
Jenny's back on the block at American Idol and she'll have a new neighbor.
"It was so hard for me to leave the first time," says Jennifer Lopez of her return as a judge, adding it also won't be easy coming back because of her busy schedule.
"To be honest right now is the worst time for me to stop and do Idol," she tells the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, on his radio show Tuesday. "I’m doing two movies and I have my album coming out, but I’m doing it because I want to. I love it."
Originally posted 07/19/2013 11:00AM
When he's not on tour, Harry Connick Jr. loves nothing better than to "cool out" in his Connecticut home – a converted barn that was originally built in 1890 – with his wife of 19 years, former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, 49, and their daughters Georgia, 17, Kate, 15, and Charlotte, 11.
They'll gather in the den to watch movies on a drop-down TV screen or play a game of Bananagrams, or the singer will indulge a request to bang out a song on the Steinway piano his wife got him for his 30th birthday.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 01:20PM
Harry Connick Jr. is leaving the door open for a big possibility – becoming a future judge on American Idol.
What's it going to take to place him in the hot seat? "$600 million," Connick, whose new record is due June 11, joked with reporters backstage after his turn as guest mentor on Thursday's show.
He could learn a few things from Mariah Carey's shrewd negotiations for her salary of $18 million. Forbes magazine estimated this season's payroll alone to be $54 million. Last season, judge Jennifer Lopez took home $15 million.
Originally posted 09/22/2011 05:00PM
When Harry Connick Jr. first read the script for a movie about a dolphin who loses her tail but survives with the help of human friends and an inspirational will to live, he thought it had come entirely from someone's imagination.
"I was blown away to find out the story was real," Connick tells PEOPLE.
Not only was the story real, but the filmmakers also brought in the real-life dolphin, named Winter, to play herself in the movie. "I was just so thrilled to know that I'd be able to work with her," he says. "It was an incredible experience."
Originally posted 12/03/2008 12:55PM
Singer Harry Connick Jr.'s 11-year-old daughter, Kate, made her national singing debut on NBC's Today show Wednesday, joining her dad on the holiday classic, "Winter Wonderland."
Connick, who has two other daughters, Georgia, 12, and Charlotte, 6, with wife Jill Goodacre, beamed as he watched his middle child perform.
Kate's surprisingly natural, relaxed-sounding voice – the opposite of so many young singers who try to belt like Mariah, or whose voices are touched up with special effects in the studio – is featured on Connick's new CD, What a Night! A Christmas Album.
Working with his daughter "brought back some nice memories," Connick says on his Web site, "because I was about Kate's age when I did my first recording.”
Originally posted 11/05/2007 02:00PM
Originally posted 05/18/2006 06:00PM
When NBC's Will & Grace ends its eight-year run Thursday, another relationship will bow out as well: Leo & Grace. Harry Connick Jr., who plays ex-husband Dr. Leo Markus, will return for the finale to a pregnant Grace (Debra Messing) – but will he stay? The 38-year-old Connick, who recently earned a Tony nomination for his starring role in The Pajama Game and is married to model Jill Goodacre, talked to PEOPLE about Leo and Grace's future, his favorite moments and being the best kisser.
Originally posted 03/08/2006 06:00AM
Her birthday is more than a week away, but that didn't stop Eva Longoria from starting the celebration early with friends and family at Italian eatery Bella in Hollywood. There the Desperate Housewife – who turns 31 on March 15 – was given a bunch of balloons and a vase of long-stemmed roses, and while she worked the room of 25, she got lots of hugs from her partygoing pals, including actor Mario Lopez. The only important person missing? Beau Tony Parker.
Originally posted 10/07/2005 08:00AM
Harry Connick Jr. went to Washington Thursday to urge lawmakers to spare no expense in rebuilding his hometown of New Orleans and making Gulf Coast citizens safe in their homes.
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