Dr. Luke New 'American Idol judge? [UPDATED]
Dr. Luke attends the 30th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on April 17, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. Photo: Image by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES -- The judge's table for season 13 of "American Idol" appears to be set. On Saturday, E! Online reported that Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez would be joined by music producer/songwriter Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, is a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter responsible for hits by Kelly Clarkson ("Since U Been Gone"), Kesha ("Tik Tok"), Katy Perry ("California Gurls") and many others. He was also the lead guitarist on "Saturday Night Live" for 10 seasons.
E! confirmed the news of Dr. Luke's signing after it was revealed earlier in the week that will.i.am had turned down an offer to join the panel. The Black Eyed Peas frontman is instead expected to return to coach season three of the U.K. version of "The Voice."
More changes are anticipated for the long-running singing competition. Deadline reported earlier this month that former "Idol" judge Randy Jackson would likely replace exiting in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine, the record company executive who joined the show in 2011.
Jackson was joined by Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during season 12, which was the lowest-rated of the series thus far. Lopez was a judge for two seasons before sitting out season 12. The upcoming season of "American Idol" will premiere Jan. 15, 2014, on FOX.
[UPDATE: On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Dr. Luke would not be joining the show after all, due to his current contract with Sony Music and his obligations to his own record label, Kemosabe, an imprint of Sony. Sony is a direct competitor with Universal Music Group, the company that holds exclusive rights to recordings by "American Idol" contestants. A source is quoted as saying, "Luke wants to build an entertainment company ... after a lot of conversations, both Luke and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris came to the mutual agreement that taking Dr. Luke out of the 'Idol' running 'was the best thing for all parties.'"