Harry Connick Jr. could be the newest judge in line for "American Idol" Season 13, following the news that Dr. Luke exited the role at the eleventh hour -- reportedly because the job would cause a conflict of interest between his label, Sony Music, and rivals Universal Music, who have the rights to all "American Idol" releases.
According to E!Online, Connick is currently in talks to join the judging panel and, after Dr. Luke, is the top choice for the role. If the deal can be worked out, Connick will join returning judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.
Since Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were confirmed to be leaving the beleaguered reality hit after last season, names like Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West and Will.i.am have been floated as potential replacements, although Dr. Luke seemed like the most likely candidate until last week.
Connick is no stranger to "Idol," having mentored, guest-judged and performed on the show in recent seasons. The reality competition is set to begin taping Season 13 next week, although THR notes that filming could be delayed if the judging panel is not finalized before then.
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