Suzanne Bender, Talent Producer (American Idol, Lip Sync Battle); Music Producer (Dancing With the Stars)
American Idol: Tasked to help reboot “Idol” for ABC, Bender was also behind the first panel for “The Voice” and is partly re-sponsible for re-energizing Maroon 5’s career. In addition to performance slots, Bender taps artists for mentoring.
Musical Guests: Bebe Rexha, Sugarland, Cam, Andy Grammer
Dancing With the Stars: Crossing genres and finding danceable tunes is Bender’s greatest challenge on ABC’s “DWTS.” So for its 2017 finale, she booked OneRepublic, Lady Antebellum and TLC.
Musical Guests: Kelsea Ballerini, Becky G
Lip Sync Battle: After placing Hailee Steinfeld in a “DWTS” finale last year, she leveraged that relation-ship to bring the actress-singer to “Lip Sync” for a show-stopping performance.
Musical Guests: Michael Bolton, Rita Ora + Charli XCX, Luis Fonsi