Harry Connick, Jr. has appeared on American Idol here and there as a “mentor” and performer, but now he’s going to be a judge, joining Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. I think he’ll be great because I remember in those episodes when the happy Idol kids would have to see Connick and sing for him and he would be really blunt and unimpressed and would dash dreams if necessary. So I’m down for more of that. This means that Dr. Luke will NOT be joining the show. A deal could not be reached. The Hollywood Reporter was first to pick up the story. Here’s a bit of AI lunacy from THR:
Earlier this week, THR reported that Connick was a contender for the gig as Fox was reluctant to bring another woman on board after last season’s friction between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which did not play well with the show’s key older female demographic. While the network had hoped to bring an industry professional into the mix, time is of the essence. Had the show not signed a third judge soon, production could have faced a delay.
Wow, way to go, Fox. You’d rather delay your show than hire another woman.
Anyway I think HC Jr. will be great. I won’t be watching though, because I haven’t watched American Idol since that awful country music singing kid won and Steven Tyler was a host and the whole thing was just a big mess.
Is Harry Connick, Jr. giving anyone else MAJOR Jeff Goldblum vibes?
Dr. Luke is one of the best pop music producers working today, so there would be no way in hell that he would lower himself to the point of joining the American Idol judges panel, right? Like, nothing would be worth that indignity, not even if they offered him millions of dollars? Well, money talks and bullshit walks, as they say, because Dr. Luke has officially joined the show. WHYYYYYYYYYY?
From E! Online:
Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez have a new seat partner on the American Idol judging panel.
E! News can confirm that music producer Dr. Luke has officially signed on as the 3rd judge for the Fox reality show.
Rumors that the musician, real name Lukasz Gottwald, was “close to signing” for the spot began hitting the Internet earlier this week, after it was revealed that Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am turned down the gig.
It was reported that will.i.am declined the Idol job to return as a coach on The Voice U.K. for season three.
Regardless, Dr. Luke’s got some pretty awesome chart-toppers under his belt, making him a great addition to the show.
The songwriter-producer is responsible for hits such as Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone,” Ke$ha‘s “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls.”
Ugh, I mean… whatever and all. He’ll definitely be a great judge and it’s a coup for the show, I just don’t see WHY, just like I don’t see why Jennifer Lopez is coming back or why Mariah Carey or Nicki Minaj were ever there or any of it. American Idol needs to die. I guess it’s better than having to watch Scooter Braun.
God, I hope not. Scooter Braun looks like a dillweed of the highest degree, though I suppose you have to give him his due on exploiting a pre-teen to make millions and millions of bucks off him. Nothing like a grown man named Scooter, am I right? He’s also working with Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted now, so I guess he’s expanding his clientele and that makes him worthy of being a judge on American Idol… at least according to Jennifer Lopez (?????).
From US Weekly:
The insider tells Us that the 32-year-old talent manager has met with producers and returning judge Jennifer Lopez to discuss his possible role on the show. “Jennifer loves Scooter and feels he’d be an excellent choice,” the source says. “She would love him to be a judge.” (Sources confirmed to Us on Aug. 17 that the 44-year-old singer will be returning to the show after serving as a judge in 2011 and 2012. She will join Keith Urban, who has already signed on for a second consecutive year on Idol; Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and longtime judge Randy Jackson announced their departures earlier this year.)
The only possible problem? The insider tells Us that Braun would want to manage the American Idol winner, but creator Simon Fuller already has the job.
Well… that’s nice, I guess? Dr. Luke is also in the running to head to the panel, apparently, and while he would be AMAZING, I surely hope he has enough common sense not to board the Titanic, if you feel me.