The man who discovered one of the biggest pop stars ever — and arguably the biggest pop star of the past decade — appears to be on track to join the Fox singing competition “American Idol” as the show struggles to pump life back into its sagging ratings.
Fox wasn’t commenting, but The Hollywood Reporter cites a source saying Scott Borchetta is joining the series as a mentor. Borchetta, the president and CEO of Big Machine Label group, is known as the man who discovered Taylor Swift.
THR reports that Borchetta will take over for the departed mentors Randy Jackson and Jimmy Iovine, and will work with the contestants as they prepare for their performance each week.
Borchetta signed Swift to his label when she was just 14; his Nashville-based label is also home to Tim McGraw and Reba McEntire, THR notes.
Borchetta has publicly criticized “American Idol” in the past, making him a slightly odd choice, THR notes.
The show returns Jan. 7.