Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, will sit alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez when “American Idol” returns for Season 13. So far, Urban and Luke are the only judges Fox has confirmed as speculation continues.
However, rumors of Lopez’s return to “American Idol” have been swirling for months. Lopez’s boyfriend, Casper Smart, confirmed her involvement with the Fox singing competition.
Dr. Luke was lead guitarist on “Saturday Night Live” for 10 seasons. He went on to become a songwriter, producer and owner of two publishing houses, Kasz Money Publishing and Prescription Songs. Dr. Luke co-wrote Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and worked with Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Britney Spears and more of today’s top musicians.
Luke, 39, was said to be in talks for the gig after Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.i.am turned it down in favor of remaining a coach on the British version of “The Voice.”
American Idol has suffered a revolving door of celebrity judges, mentors and failed ratings in recent seasons.
The latest upheaval saw music producer Jimmy Iovine exit after three seasons, and the show scrambling to recover from the ratings slip that adding celebrity judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey produced.
All have been a result of the void left by show originator Simon Cowell, who departed in 2010 to start the American take on “X Factor.”
Longtime judge Randy Jackson also stepped down after the season 12 finale, after serving as the lone original judge, but hinted at the time that he would maintain a connection with “Idol.”
The show’s resurge could come with the addition of Dr. Luke, and reappearance of Lopez. The singer’s boyfriend Casper Smart recently confirmed that she will be returning to the show for its 13th season.
If these judges don’t work out, Fox has a backup plan with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun as another potential candidate. The charismatic ex-party promoter and marketing whiz is seemingly open to the idea and has his own label deal with UMG, putting him on the right side of the Idol loyalty fence. However, with a roster than includes newcomer Ariana Grande, K-Pop sensation Psy and boy band The Wanted, Braun, like Luke, is spread thin.