I have adored this man for years and years. From his Grammy Award winning and double platinum “When Harry Met Sally” soundtrack in 1989 and the best-selling Christmas album of 1993 “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” to his most recent studio success “Every Man Should Know.”

He has appealed to my ears musically, and appealed to my eyes on film and TV roles, in his screen debut “Memphis Belle,” the beyond romantic “Hope Floats,” and the hip and hilarious “Will and Grace,” to name a few.

He’s done stage (Broadway revival of “The Pajama Game”), he gives back (Musicians’ Village in New Orleans), and he’s a loyal family man (married to former Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre, they have 3 daughters).

Basically, he’s spent my formative years showing me what an ideal male looks like. Swoon.

I’m so glad he is being introduced to a younger, broader audience with American Idol. He’s straight up killing it on the show, by giving great advice, being truthful yet kind, and bringing it onstage. Just what AI needs to save it from irrelevance.

Here he is on American Idol singing “And I Love Her,” made famous by The Beatles:

And here he is doing what he does best – jamming on the piano singing his original “Come By Me.”