Harry Connick Jr. splits his second year as a judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on American Idol (which returned for its 14th season in January) with a 24-date North American tour that launched Feb.  4. So how does the 47-year-old singer manage the multi­tasking madness, whether he's in his Idol dressing room or on the tour bus? With a little help from these backstage essentials.

1. Kettlebells

"I have a streak going -- I don't miss a day of exercise. But I rarely go to gyms; I usually swing kettlebells I carry on the road."

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