Scooter Braun and Dr. Luke are out. Next up: Harry Connick Jr.
The Hollywood Reporter said Connick Jr. is now in the running for the third judge's spot on "American Idol," joining Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Just in case he doesn't work out either, I'd like everyone to know that I'm available. Just throwing it out there ... .
The website reported that Fox officials wanted to add an industry professional to the mix rather than another celebrity and were initially cool to the idea of Connick. Sources also told the site that Fox is reluctant to add another woman to the mix, given the friction last season between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, which didn't play well with the show's key older female demographic.
Right. Because all women act like two jealous 17-year-olds both vying to be head cheerleader.
Fox apparently declined to comment on any aspect of "Idol" business.
Luke's deal unraveled last week, when he reportedly realized the show would demand too much of his time. His day job is at Sony Music, where he heads the imprint label Kemosabe.
Another obstacle was that Universal Music Group, a rival of Sony, has the recording rights to "American Idol" artists. Sony execs weren't thrilled at the idea of Luke helping a rival company (they had already let Luke produce Katy Perry's latest record for Universal).
Connick Jr. has appeared on the Fox reality series many times as a mentor to the contestants. He was also a guest judge during season 12.
"It's a fun show. It's been talked about before, who knows what'll happen in the future," Connick Jr. told E! News. "What I've done thus far on the show has been really fun, so I've had a great time. I think you need to be completely honest, and I think you need to be diplomatic. I think there's no reason to be mean, but it is called being a judge. You have to judge. That's what you do."
No reason to be mean? What fun is that?