Dr. Luke Will Not Judge American Idol Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.27.2013
It's not going to happen...
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) will not be a judge on season thirteen of American Idol. Luke is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for songs like Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and "My Life Would Suck Without You," Pink's "Who Knew" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." He was one of several candidates after months of searching to join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez (who has not been officially announced).
Luke likely couldn't sign on due to his deal with Sony Music, who signed him in 2011 for a lot of money. His Kemosabe imprint features Bonnie Mckee, rapper Juicy J and pop-urban act Becky G. Becky G seemed to think that the judging spot was Dr. Luke's, but Sony's competitor, Universal Music Group, has the exclusive rights to American Idol recordings. It's unlikely that Sony would let Dr. Luke spend months judging and helping talent for another label. L.A. Reid had a similar issue when he was up for a role in season ten. This led him to join Fox's The X Factor instead, as they have a partnership with Sony. He left after two years.
It also appears as though Luke will not have enough time to do the show. A source said: "He really loves his artists and wants to build up the label."
The source added that Kemosabe is "on the cusp" of breaking Becky G, a top priority for the imprint and company. After talking to Sony Music CEO Doug Morris came to the mutual agreement that taking him out of the running "was the best thing for all parties."
The list of potential judges still includes Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, who was suggested by Lopez. He is open to the idea and has his own label deal with UMG. Braun's roster includes Ariana Grande, Psy and The Wanted, which means that he too could be short on time.