The man behind the global super star that is Taylor Swift is being sought out to help build the next American Idol.
Scott Borchetta, the President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, will assume the position of mentor for the forthcoming 14th season, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Fox confirmed the news on Wednesday in a statement from Borchetta:
There’s only one reason I’m doing this: American Idol has proven again and again that it can launch superstars. I believe that working with these young artists the same way we work with new artists at the Big Machine Label Group will help the next American Idol be as prepared as possible to continue the tradition of creating new superstars. The entire label group will be invested and we look forward to bringing our energy, focus and know-how to help develop this young talent at the highest levels.
Borchetta is due to take over for departed mentors Randy Jackson and Jimmy Iovine in the role that involves working directly with the talent.
“This season, Jennifer, Keith and Harry have found some truly talented singers, and the addition of Scott’s expertise in how to develop an artist gives our contestants a unique shot at success,” said Trish Kinane, president of entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and executive producer of American Idol. “It’s been terrific to see Scott’s enthusiasm as he watched each of the performances at Hollywood Week and we can’t wait for America to see our hopefuls transform into superstars.”
Borchetta has the label that is also responsible for several The Voice winners so he is no stranger to reality TV singing competitions. Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, the winners of the third and fourth season of The Voice, are on the label and this summer, RaeLynn Woodward, a contestant from season two of The Voice, released a single, “God Made Girls,” through Valory Music Group, a subsidiary of Big Machine.
He is, however, an interesting choice, having rankled season one Idol star Kelly Clarkson after the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift–who had incidentally toured with Idol alum Kellie Pickler–did not have a good night vocally, and his response to the critics threw shade at Idol, which was in its 10th season. Ouch Scott.
Said Borchetta at the time: “This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It’s not about that technically perfect performance.”
“We not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well,” she said. “Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better.”
Borchetta will join judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban. American Idol returns on Jan. 7.
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