August 27, 2013


Hitmaking Producer Dr. Luke Turns Down 'American Idol'

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UPDATE (8/27): Citing conflict of interest with Universal Music Group, the label that holds the rights to American Idol recordings, and Sony Music Group, who signed Dr. Luke to a lucrative deal in 2011, the producer has backed out of judging the singing competition, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dr. Luke, the producer/co-writer of megahits for Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke, just scored a high-profile new gig: Judging hopeful singers on the next season of American Idol, according to E! Online.

Along with Keith Urban—the only returning judge from the show's tumultuous previous season—Dr. Luke is the second confirmed judge for season 13. Jennifer Lopez is rumored to rejoin the show after a one-year absence this fall, but neither her camp nor Fox has officially announced it (even if her boyfriend already let that cat out of the bag).

In related news, Ryan Seacrest has taken some time off to compile a list of doctor and prescription-related puns ("Diagnosis: The patient was tone deaf") in preparation for the upcoming season.