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China Fears Harry Connick Jr.

3/15/2008 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

China got their red panties in a knot earlier this month after Bjork made a political outburst about Tibet at a Shanghai concert -- and Harry Connick Jr. had to pay the price!

Connick accidentally submitted an old song list to Chinese authorities -- and was forced to play those songs even though his band did not have the music for them!

According to the AP, the easy listening rocker ended up playing most of the songs by himself on the piano -- and Connick said his fans were surprised at the extra mellow set.

Doesn't China have bigger issues to worry about -- like an upcoming Olympics?

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Kelli    

Loved him in "Hope Floats."

2379 days ago
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Kelli    

I don't want to be an only comment so I will post another one.

2379 days ago
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sIMONsEZ    

umm....so...what is china afraid of again? since harry connick is a fine jazz pianist and concert virtuoso, playing solo is a GOOD thing. doesn't TMZ have better things to gossip about? i've seen him play solo recitals at universities and he's a fine musician as well as a good singer.

2379 days ago
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Tim    

Free Tibet!! Boycott the Summer Olympics!!

2379 days ago
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He's Boring now    

Damn good the Chinese got after his arse there. That punk carries pistols on planes in this Country so glad the Commies know how to put the squeeze to somebody who needs to be watched. His old man was corrupt too, Attorney General of New Orleans, thats like putting the inmates in charge of the prison.

2379 days ago
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Jennie    

I love Harry Connick, Jr.; anything he plays or sings would be great by me. Oh, and "Not a Fan" (#9), his father has the best record in history for CLEANING UP New Orleans and the entire area he was responsible for. It's always been a terribly corrupt place. Harry also raised a lot of money for the Hurricane Katrina effort. Good guys, both.

2379 days ago
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me    

Screw China, everyone in it, and especially the government!

2379 days ago
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dom fox    

China is a backward country and the olympics should be boycotted!

2379 days ago
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dom fox    

What do u expect? Chinese EAT DOGS!

2379 days ago
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FIGHT    

I've always liked Harry Connick Jr., but he got what he had coming ... playing in a country that won't let their people search for things like "freedom" and "democracy" on the internet.

2379 days ago
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kerry    

Easy listening rocker? For real, TMZ?

There's this little genre, it's called "jazz." Good god.

2379 days ago
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peace    

Love Harry! Extremely talented man. He's a joy to watch on screen and an absolute pleasure to listen to his music. Truly talented and very funny too.

2379 days ago
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Rex    

Bjork always makes it bad for everyone.

2379 days ago
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Puleeeez    

HOWTHE HELL did China get the Olympic contracts, anyway....makes ya wondee WHO got paid off to get that to pass!! BOYCOTT!!!I feel sorry for the US athletes who'll be stuck in the middle of all the politics.

2379 days ago
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Mariah    

It's nice he went over there at all. Always liked him better as an actor. Will NEVER forget his freaky psycho in Copycat. Creeps me out to this day. And China should worry more about making a$$es out of themselves on the world stage by killing Tibetan monks and protesters. What century do they think they are in? Good god...

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