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A man who mocked American Idol is now its mentor

Scott Borchetta, the record executive who discovered Taylor Swift, is American Idol‘s new mentor, replacing Randy Jackson, who quit. A Fox press release called the Big Machine Label Group president and CEO “one of the most successful forces in the music industry today.”

He will start the job a lot earlier than previous mentors. Fox said that the “mentor role was re-imagined and stepped up to provide Borchetta’s unique perspective from early on in the competition — through the live shows, to the final winning moment and beyond. Borchetta joined Idol during Hollywood Week, when he watched the performances in advance of offering his expertise to the contestants who continue in the competition.”

Borchetta has a fun connection to the show, as MJ pointed out. After the 2010 Grammys, during which Taylor Swift was mocked for her live singing, he said,

“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.”

Kelly Clarkson responded, referring to his “‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor.”

Unsurprisingly, today Borcetta is singing a different tune—oh no the cliche! I couldn’t resist! SO SORRY—saying in his press release quote:

“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.”

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