Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Contestants for the FOX show American Idol wave as Harry Connick, Jr. arrives on the Smokey Mary float from Connick's Mardi Gras Krewe of Orpheus at the New Orleans Convention Center for tryouts for the show in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban discuss judging contestants on American Idol after arriving at the New Orleans Convention Center. Connick arrived on the Smokey Mary float from his own Carnival Krewe of Orpheus.