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Dr. Luke Officially Joining American Idol as 3rd Judge

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Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez have a new seat partner on the American Idol judging panel.

E! News can confirm that music producer Dr. Luke has officially signed on as the 3rd judge for the Fox reality show.

Rumors that the musician, real name Lukasz Gottwald, was "close to signing" for the spot began hitting the Internet earlier this week, after it was revealed that Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am turned down the gig.

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It was reported that will.i.am declined the Idol job to return as a coach on The Voice U.K. for season three.

Regardless, Dr. Luke's got some pretty awesome chart-toppers under his belt, making him a great addition to the show.

The songwriter-producer is responsible for hits such as Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Kesha's "Tik Tok" and Katy Perry's "California Gurls."

Are you excited to see Dr. Luke joning the judging panel?!

—Reporting by Marc Malkin

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