Randy Jackson will remain as judge on American Idol

Randy Jackson Randy Jackson will remain as a judge on American Idol. Although it was thought that the music producer - who has been on the panel of the show since it began - would take on the role of a "mentor" behind the scenes for the upcoming season, he has agreed a deal with Fox to stay on as a judge after negotiations with Enrique Iglesias fell though, according to Deadline. Appearing to confirm the news, his former co-star Simon Cowell tweeted: "Just heard Randy is back on Idol. Right decision." Randy will join Mariah Carey on the four person panel which is also expected to feature Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. Mariah is not thought to be a fan of Nicki's, although producers are delighted at the prospect of conflict between them both. Instead the 'Fantasy' hitmaker is said to be keen for Lenny Kravitz to sign up to the show. A source said recently: "Mariah would love to have her dear friend Lenny Kravitz sit next to her on the American Idol judge panel. She thinks he would be the perfect choice because he is extremely talented and knows music inside and out."

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  1. C-Dub • September 11, 2012 @ 6:05 PM

    What else does he really have going on. Especially what pays him this much? Plus who will take up the slack on the catch phrases pitchy dawg?

  2. Snepts • September 12, 2012 @ 1:05 AM

    The world can breathe a little easier tonight.

  3. Jo • September 12, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

    Haha just yesterday read Randy was out. Think he knows his stuff so good to keep him on. Not keen on either of the ladies, pray Minaj is bumped. Urban or Kravitz both interesting possibilities…..

  4. Olive • September 12, 2012 @ 7:35 PM

    Doesnt matter who is judging, Im still not watching. Maybe one episode if both Kravitz and Urban get choosen, but other than that no

  5. Snepts • September 13, 2012 @ 12:28 AM

    Vanilla Ice or no one.

  6. Superwoman • September 13, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    They should just save themselves the money, get rid of judges all-together. I mean the voting is mainly online/phones whatever anyway. So just have the public vote. Seacrest can keep hosting, and I’m sure after years of watching he can throw in a suggestion or two. Have the original auditions post videos online like that Coca Cola covers contest, and narrow it down before TV. BAM. I’ll take Mariah’s paycheck for saving you the time and money of finding another judge.

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