Credit: Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images Photo: American Songwriter and Record Producer Dr. Luke

UPDATE: E! News confirmed on August 24 that Dr. Luke has officially signed on as the third judge, next to Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez. Are you glad to hear it?

Original story:

It looks like American Idol may be filling its last judging position soon! American songwriter and record producer Dr. Luke is reportedly in talks to join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for Season 13.

The 39-year-old, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, is now leading the pack of could-be judges after negotiations with Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am stalled due to monetary negotiations, according to a source. Translation: will.i.am wants more money and since they are probably paying a pretty penny to bring J-Lo back, that isn’t gonna happen.

If you’re wondering who Dr. Luke is, we’ve got you covered. Back in 1997 he got his start as Saturday Night Live’s house band lead guitarist. Since then, he’s been responsible for some of the biggest songs to hit the charts, including Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

It sounds like the producers are trying to get someone more similar to Simon Cowell, someone who works in the industry as a more creative type than as a performer.

What do you think? Should Dr. Luke be the third judge on the upcoming season of American Idol or would you prefer someone else? Hit the comments and let us know!

Source: Us Weekly


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