James Hibberd
May 03, 2013 AT 03:27 PM EDT

How eager is Fox to get new judges on American Idol?

Representatives of the show are reportedly flirting with singer — and recent guest mentor — Harry Connick Jr. while the current team is still in its chairs.

Fox doesn’t need an Idol judges panel in place until late summer and typically doesn’t get really serious about scouting new talent until after the previous season ends. But this week’s Idol mentor told E! that he’s been approached about taking a seat at the table next season. “You know, they kinda wanted to know if I would be interested in it,” Connick Jr. said. “It’s been talked about before, who knows what’ll happen in the future.”

The crooner seemed to downplay the odds that he’d join the show, joking that he’d want $600 million to come aboard and noting he has other commitments. “I’m going on tour this year so, like, when would I do it? It’s that kind of thing.”

Previously, there was a report that Fox dreamed about changing the panel before the end of the season, bringing back former judge Jennifer Lopez to replace Mariah Carey. Idol seemingly needs to do something to stop its ratings free-fall, though some wonder if changing the current judges will really solve the show’s problems.

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