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Is Republic prexy Charlie Walk being considered for a judge’s role on American Idol? Many insiders say there are few execs more ideally suited to the job, given CW’s larger-than-life personality, credibility, edge and humor—he can talk the talk and, um, walk the walk. So far, Idol has inked Katy Perry and Luke Bryan as judges, with a third slated to be named soon, and most observers agree that a biz insider would balance out the tribunal. 

An Idol post (which of course turned Simon Cowell into an international celebrity) is a key prize for execs seeking the limelight. Rumors swirled widely that producer Dr. Luke—long before lurid allegations and legal issues tanked his career—desperately wanted to take an Idol judgeship but was blocked by then-Sony Music chief Doug Morris, souring the relationship in an early phase of Luke’s deal.

Could Chopper Charlie parlay a network chair to larger fame? Don’t touch that dial.

And speaking of CW on a panel, here he is leading one of his  Master Class sessions for Team Republic, this time with key execs from Spotify. Seen streaming the ethos are (l-r) CW, Head of International, Shows and Editorial George Ergatoudis, VP, Global head of Shows and Editorial Nick Holmstén, Head of Americas, Shows and Editorial Doug Ford and Republic EVP Marketing and Commerce Jim Roppo.

 

THE BIZ SALUTES
JOE SMITH
Celebrating the life of the Toastmaster General (12/5a)
JEFF VAUGHN NAMED PRESIDENT, CAPITOL RECORDS
Climbing the Tower (12/3a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS BOTH ICY AND POST-TOASTY
Actually, we'd prefer a bowl of oatmeal. (12/5a)
JAY-Z CELEBRATES 50 WITH A RETURN TO SPOTIFY
Has the Tidal turned? (12/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, ANYWAY?
Those who fail to learn from the past are destined to repeat it. (12/5a)
EGGNOG!
Ours is mostly bourbon.
MISTLETOE!
Delicious in salads.
CHESTNUTS!
Ours are roasting, but it could be these slim-fit jeans.
WEED!
An entire Christmas tree made of it. Is what we want for Christmas.
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