Songwriter/producer Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) is not a known name any more than Simon Cowell was in 2002.
Deadline.com reports he is close to joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the 13th season "Idol" panel.
But can he cure "Idol" of its many ills?
He certainly has an impressive resume, producing or co-writing virtually every hit Katy Perry has ever performed, plus major songs from Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Pink and Miley Cyrus. It blows away the resume of any previous "Idol" judge in terms of songwriting and production.
Does that make him a good judge or has chemistry with the other two? We won't know until January.
Here are some of the hits he's written or co-written or produced: