With Dr. Luke dropping out of American Idol due to a conflict of interest, FOX is scrambling to fill the third and final slot at the judges’ table before the show begins taping next week. Right now they have their eyes on Harry Connick Jr., even though The Hollywood Reporter says they really want a record executive to balance out the talents of Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. But hey, that’s okay! Connick Jr. will do, anyway, all because he happens to be a man.
According to the report:
While Fox was said to be somewhat cool to the Connick idea, sources say there is reluctance to add another woman to the mix given friction last season between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which didn’t play well with the show’s key older female demographic.
Anyway, if they can’t find a third judge before next week, season 13 could wind up being delayed. Which, if you think about it, might be the best thing to happen to Idol in a very, very long time.