You may not know his name or recognize his face, but you’ve certainly heard his music. Dr. Luke has written and produced some of the biggest pop tracks of the last decade, and several outlets are reporting that he’s the newest American Idol judge..but not so fast.
The Hollywood Reporter says that it can’t happen because Dr. Luke already signed a deal with Sony Music back in 2011 to develop new artists. Since the winner of American Idol appears on Universal Music, Dr. Luke can’t be nurturing new artists for a competitor’s label.
So once again, it’s back to the drawing board for the recently hired Idol producers, after Simon Lythgoe got the boot.
Keith Urban is the only judge that has officially been announced, but after Jennifer Lopez has all but been confirmed to be joining the panel again, there is just the business of who would fill the third seat. Rappers like Kanye West, will.i.am, and Sean Combs were all courted, but turned it down, so it would have been a smart move to go with a songwriter/producer.
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, was lead guitarist at Saturday Night Live for 10 seasons (leaving in 2007) and gained prominence in the music industry after co-writing and producing Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone”. He also worked on Britney Spears‘ “Hold It Against Me”, Avril Lavigne‘s “Girlfriend”, Miley Cyrus‘ “Party In The U.S.A.”, Ke$ha‘s “Tik Tok”, Jessie J‘s “Price Tag”, and almost every single in Katy Perry‘s career from “I Kissed A Girl” to “Teenage Dream” to “Hot N Cold” to “Wide Awake. Impressed yet? The guy knows pop music.
So while he might not be a household name, his work is. He would have brought great insight to the Idol table, but alas, it doesn’t look like it can’t happen.
Who do you want to see join the Idol judges’ table?