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Harry Connick Jr to return to American Idol as judge

American Idol judge says it trumps other reality TV singing shows despite slide in ratings

Published on May 22, 2014 12:15 PM
Singer Harry Connick Jr, who joined as an American Idol judge this season, is set on returning next year. -- PHOTO: MATTHIAS VRIENS-MCGRATH AND STARWORLD

As the latest American Idol winner is crowned this morning, it is hard not to notice that the show has been fast losing its shine - ratings have plunged over the years and the show received its lowest viewership ratings ever this year.

Several recent episodes in its latest 13th season this year pulled in seven million viewers - a far cry from the show's heady days, when it had up to 37 million viewers a show.

Singer Harry Connick Jr, 46, who joined as a new judge this season, appears unfazed by the show's decline.

"I'm going to do the same thing I'm doing whether there're 50 million people or five million people. It hasn't affected me," he says of the ratings.

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