Dr Luke joins ‘American Idol’ panel of judges


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Esteemed producer could bring his pop wizardry to rev up the reality-singing show

DOCTOR OF POP. The producer behind the hits of Avril, Ke$ha, Katy Perry. Photo from Dr. Luke's Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Luke is officially the 3rd judge of the Fox reality show “American Idol,” reports E! Online.

The celebrated musician-producer, 39, joins fellow musicians Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, a returning judge in the Fox reality show.

The formally-trained Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) began his career in the late Nineties, as guitarist for the house band of “Saturday Night Live.”

He went on to become one of the top producer-songwriters, especially in the independent scene of the contemporary music industry. 

It’s a fascinating irony of Dr. Luke’s mainstream success that it is anchored on his prolific work in the industry’s periphery.

His producing-writing credits include Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” and the single that prompted his rise to his present distinction in music, Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.” 

There was speculation about Dr. Luke being recruited to the panel of judges as soon as word came out that will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas had turned down the offer.

will.i.am is reportedly returning as coach on the 3rd season of “The Voice UK,” according to E! Online.

His co-member in the hip-hop band, apl.de.ap, is currently a coach judge in the Philippine franchise of the singing contest.

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“American Idol” returns to a 3-member panel after the foursome of Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Urban last year. – Rappler.com

Here’s a short feature on Dr. Luke: 

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