Dr. Luke joining 'American Idol' as judge, report says
The producers of "American Idol" reportedly have picked the show's newest judge: producer-songwriter Dr. Luke, whose hits include Britney Spears' "Circus," Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and several Katy Perry songs.
E! News Sunday said it had confirmed that Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke would join season 13 of the Fox singing competition, premiering in January. Deadline.com reported Saturday that he was finalizing a deal.
While Fox chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that Keith Urban would return as a judge, the network has announced no other names for the judging panel that will succeed last season's quartet of Urban and the exiting Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Casper Smart, singer Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend, recently told E! that Lopez was returning to "American Idol," where she had been a judge for seasons 10 and 11.
Dr. Luke, a former lead guitarist for the "Saturday Night Live" house band, has had more than 20 songs debut in the Billboard Hot 100, according to Deadline.com, producing and often cowriting hits that include Perry's "California Gurls," "I Kissed A Girl," "Teenage Dream," "Hot n Cold" and "Part of Me," Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," The Wanted's "Walks Like Rihanna," Flo Rida's "Right Round," Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."
He was nominated for the Grammy Award for producer of the year, nonclassical, in 2011, and won the ASCAP Pop Music Awards' songwriter of the year in 2010, and shared the award with Max Martin in 2011.