The two guest performers on Monday (April 19) night's installment of American Idol are both making "comeback" appearances, fitting in with the theme of the evening as contestants from season 18 in 2020 come back to compete for a slot in the season 19 top 10. Former judge and mentor Harry Connick, Jr. and former contestant Lauren Daigle, both natives of Louisiana, will command the Idol stage with new performances.
Connick, Jr. will offer a medley of two songs from his new album, Alone with My Faith, recorded on his own during lockdown. The medley includes the title track and "Old Time Religion." Daigle will sing her 2019 Hot Christian Songs No. 3 hit "Look Up Child."
"It's really nice to be back," Connick, Jr. tells Billboard. "I had such a good time when I was a judge, and before that, a mentor. So any chance I get to see those folks again, I welcome. I have a lot of friends there." Looking back on his three seasons as an Idol judge, Connick, Jr. says, "By nature, I'm not a judgmental person, but that was the job and I took it seriously. I thought it was important to try to give some insight to these young performers and maybe some things that would help them develop a little bit. It was very different than being a mentor because it's really not hands on and it's usually just a few short moments that you have with them, but I really enjoyed it. It's a great chance for these kids to maybe learn a little bit about show business and the rigors and demands of a schedule in this business."