Network TEN and FremantleMedia Australia today confirmed the worst secret in the biz with Sony executive Jay Dee Springbett names as Australian Idol‘s new judge.
Springbett appeared in Sunday night’s show as part of panel of experts grilling the Idol contestants.
In his role as Senior Director of A&R for Sony Records, he has extensive experience developing emerging talent, first in the UK and in Australia since 2004.
He has worked with big names including Rogue Traders, Jessica Mauboy, Karnivool, and Cassie Davis to name a few.
Programmer David Mott said, “We had no idea we would be looking for a new judge this year, luckily for us the best qualified person for the job was right in front of us. Jay Dee brings to Idol a wealth of experience in nurturing talent and helping them achieve international chart success.”
A somewhat nervous Springbett last night told host Andrew G he was excited by the new role.
“No-one’s more shocked than I am of getting the call. But I’m looking forward to working with the judges, getting in there working with the contestants. I work with talent everyday. It’s an extension of that for me.”
Springbett, who replaces dumped judge Kyle Sandilands, appears live in the Top 24 shows this week from Monday to Thursday at 7:30pm.