Lopez was previously a judge on the reality singing competition show during Seasons 10 and 11, but left the show prior to Mariah Carey’s arrival in 2012.
Lopez, 44, has been rumored to be at the top of the show’s list of replacement judges since Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson announced their departures in May.
Dr. Luke – born Lukasz Gottwald – joined the mix of prospective “Idol” replacements after negotiations with the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am came to a monetary impasse.
Dr. Luke broke into the music industry as a guitarist in the “Saturday Night Live” house band in 1997. He went on to work with some of the industry’s biggest names, including Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, and Katy Perry.
After last year’s non-stop rumors about who was going to join the “American Idol” judges’ panel and who wasn’t, this year’s judge-go-around is pretty tame.
Now that two-thirds of the panel is in place, is it safe to say the show has done a poor job at creating interest in the show’s thirteenth season?
Urban is likeable, as is Lopez, but both of them have proven they’re hesitant to offer any biting – but honest – criticism.
What the “Idol” judges’ table needs is a Simon Cowell, someone who will speak what’s on his mind regardless of the situation.
It’s obvious the show’s producers are in no any hurry to sign the person that fits this bill perfectly and is sitting right under their noses: Jimmy Iovine.
Like Cowell, Iovine comes with a resume that shows he knows what he’s talking about when assessing musical talent.
Be that as it may, Dr. Luke might not be such a bad choice. After all, he is an accomplished producer. His ability and willingness to be blunt with his feedback would have to be proven.
It might not matter. This show is on its way out anyway.
“American Idol” auditions are ongoing and the show is scheduled to return on Fox 13 in Provo this January.