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Friday
May242013

Randy Jackson: Why He’s Leaving “American Idol”

Warwick Saint / FOX(TAMPA, Fla.) -- After 12 seasons of countless auditions, performances and lots of drama involving the judges themselves, American Idol judge Randy Jackson is leaving the show, saying his long stint had run its course.

When the longest-tenured judge announced his departure from America’s stage earlier this month, rumors rapidly ran wild. But Jackson confirms to ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga that he was not forced out, nor was he kicked off the show.

Golodryga caught up with Jackson at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., where he’s meeting the troops and donating guitars from his home shopping network guitar collection.

“You know, a bit of what I’ve done on Idol for 12 seasons is that same sort of thing. I love inspiring people,” said Jackson.

His response begged the question of why, then, Jackson would give up being on the show now.
“I don’t think it’s a ‘Why give it up now?” Jackson said. “I just think that I’ve been through a lot of iterations of the show.”

“If you think back 12 seasons ago when it was you, Paula, Simon, did you ever think that that sort of bond and chemistry was possible on television?” Golodryga asked.

Jackson’s answer was simple: “We got so lucky. Anybody that says that they knew that this show was going to be a hit, knew that we were going to gel together is lying. None of us really knew. We hit the jackpot.”

He added, “It was definitely a little hard to take” when the original judging group disbanded, “Because we rode to the dance together. And we made the dance what the dance was.”

He also avoiding the question of whether Abdul and Simon were ever anything more than friends.

“Paula and Simon, you must be getting ready for the book I’m planning to write,” Jackson joked. “Listen, I think Paula and Simon, it was never anything there. But you know, we often had fun. It was almost, like, I call Idol a romper room for adults.”

It was that early romper that helped make the show the most-watched program on television week after week. But in recent seasons, the Idol ratings have dropped by double digits.

Over the 12-year span, Jackson has shared the panel with a total of nine different judges.

“I really have always felt that people made too much of the judges and not enough of the talent,” said Jackson.

And as for what’s next for “The Dog,” he said, “I may be on some other shows. You never know.”

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Sunday
Sep162012

"American Idol" Judges Confirmed: Carey, Minaj, Urban and Jackson 

FOX (NEW YORK) -- After weeks of rumors, Fox has finally announced the new judging panel for American Idol, and it's no surprise: all the names we've heard mentioned have turned out to be true.  Your new judges are Mariah Carey -- already announced weeks ago -- plus rapper Nicki Minaj, country superstar Keith Urban and original judge Randy Jackson.  They'll meet prospective contestants Sunday in New York City.

In a statement, Fox executive Mike Darnell said, "With an unparallelled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we've put together one of the most exciting judging panels around."

The new season of Idol debuts January 2013.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug312012

Report: Randy Jackson Out as "American Idol" Judge

Warwick Saint / FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol big dawg Randy Jackson is leaving the judge's chair, the last original judge to do so, TMZ reports.

The musician and record producer will apparently make appearances as a "mentor" on the show, however. 

Sources tells the website there's some concern among Idol execs that being a mentor might not be the best fit for Jackson, but they feel he is needed to help keep the show together.

Ultimately, Jackson's seat may very well be filled by Nicki Minaj -- though the gossip site says her addition to the show isn't set in stone.  TMZ reports Minaj's concerts are sponsored by Pepsi, while Idol's sponsored by Coke, presenting a problem.

More interestingly, new Idol judge Mariah Carey reportedly doesn't want to share the judge's table with Minaj, though the show's producers are reportedly excited by the potential for some conflict between the two.

Both Brad Paisley and Keith Urban have been rumored to be joining the show as judges.

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Friday
Jul132012

J-Lo's Status on "American Idol" 'Fluid'; Randy Shifting to Mentor?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Steven Tyler quit his job as a judge on American Idol on Thursday to focus on performing with Aerosmith, but what are Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson’s plans for season 12 of the popular Fox show?

A source at Fox tells Deadline.com that negotiations with Lopez remain "complicated and fluid." 

The source adds, "It might get resolved very quickly or may drag on for another few weeks.  All the usual reasons: money, schedules, desire to continue, and overall makeup of the judges' panel."

Idol had its lowest-rated finale ever last spring, and overall ratings were down, too.  Yet, Lopez is reportedly asking for a lot of money to stay on board. 

An insider tells Deadline.com, "I think she's off and it's mutual.  They're not inviting her back so quickly. Not because they're unhappy with her.  But because she wants a lot of f***ing money, a lot."

On NBC’s Today show Thursday morning, Lopez sure sounded like she was already finished with Idol, saying, "I am thinking it’s time for me to go and do other things I love to do."

So far, sources close to Fox have told Deadline.com that Lopez has not officially resigned from her judging position.

Elsewhere on the Idol front, a source tells Us Weekly that fellow judge Randy Jackson is also looking to leave the judges' panel, though he would stay on as a mentor on the show.  The source tells Us Weekly that "show producers think they need to freshen everything up now."

According to Us Weekly, should Jackson and Lopez vacate their seats at the judges' table, Mariah Carey is a likely candidate to replace them, since she's managed by Jackson. 

A source dishes, "They are in serious talks with Mariah and it's very close to being a done deal.  And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role." 

The insider adds that both Fergie of Black Eyed Peas fame and Idol alum Adam Lambert are being considered as possible new judges, too.

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Wednesday
Aug172011

Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson Returning to 'Idol'

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's official: Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will all be back for the 11th season of American Idol.

In a statement issed Wednesday, Simon Fuller, the creator and executive producer of the Fox show, said, "Having both Jennifer and Steven return to Idol in 2012 alongside Randy is such a positive reflection on what was a wonderful and hugely successful season last year, and everyone is delighted."  

Executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz added, "Their chemistry and ability to select amazing talent made last season one of our most successful yet, and we look forward to going on another exciting ride."

Jennifer Lopez had at first been coy about whether or not she was returning to the show, and then rumors swirled that she was getting a massive payday to come back.  That led to rumors that a jealous Tyler wanted to renegotiate his own deal.  Of course, financial details of the two stars' returns have not been made public.

The show’s 11th season debuts on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m ET.   

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Monday
Aug012011

MTV Renews 'America's Best Dance Crew'

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(LOS ANGELES) -- MTV has renewed its competition show America's Best Dance Crew for a seventh season, according to Variety.

The show, hosted by Mario Lopez and co-produced by American Idol's resident big dog Randy Jackson, ranks as cable's number one original series in the 12-34 demographic.

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Thursday
May192011

'American Idol's' Top Three Perform for a Spot in the Finals

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top three competed Wednesday night for a spot in the finals.

Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as always were on hand to off their opinions.  Beyonce was also on hand to offer some guidance and premiere her new video, "Run the World (Girls)," from her album 4, out June 28.

There were three rounds of competition Wednesday night.  The contestants chose their first song with help from Beyonce.  Producer Jimmy Iovine chose the second, and the judges picked the third.

Here's what happened:

Scotty McCreery kicked the night off with his favorite Lonestar song, "Amazed."  Beyonce thought Scotty was a "cutie pie" with a full voice, but she was surprised to hear him go into his upper register with "Amazed."  Steven said Scotty just keeps getting better and better and Jennifer agreed, saying Scotty had grown so much this season and adding, "I'm sure there were a million girls out there wishing you were singing that song to them."  Randy applauded Scotty for a smart song choice and called the end of his performance "money."

For the second round, Jimmy Iovine chose the Thompson Square song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" for Scotty because it reminded him of classic Tom Petty mixed with current country. Steven said he'd never heard Scotty deliver a chorus like that before. Jennifer said Scotty was in the zone and comfortable in his skin this round. Randy thought it was a perfect song choice and said Scotty was approaching Garth Brooks' level of performance.

The judges chose Kenny Rogers' "She Believes in Me" for Scotty's third performance. Steven said he'd never heard Scotty deliver a chorus like that, and Jennifer said, "Good job, baby.  So proud of you."  Randy said it was very nicely done.

Lauren Alaina chose Faith Hill's debut single "Wild One."  Beyonce thought it was good that Lauren chose something fun to loosen her up for the first round. Jennifer loved how Lauren really attacked the song, while Randy thought it was a nice song choice and said he could tell Lauren connected with it. Steven thought Lauren was ready for America to just be all over her.

Jimmy chose The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" for Lauren's second song. Jennifer said Lauren had the most beautiful tone in her voice of all three of the contestants, and added that any mistakes Lauren made during the song happened because she was caught up in the moment. Randy said Lauren was in it to win it, even with a few stumbles this round. Steven thought Lauren nailed it.

The judges chose Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" for Lauren's third performance. Jennifer said she got goose bumps from Lauren's performance, declaring "I'm going to dare to say you won that round for me already." Randy said the song was one of his favorites, and Steven said Lauren walked onto the stage like she owned the Grand Ole Opry. He thought she sang the song it perfectly.

Haley Reinhart went with Led Zeppelin's "What Is and What Should Never Be," which Beyonce thought was a really interesting song choice. She also loved Haley's presence. Randy said Haley killed it with a song that isn't for the faint of heart and called it her best performance yet. Steven called it superb, and Jennifer applauded Haley for carrying on even though she fell during the performance. Randy joked that he thought the fall was planned.

Haley sang "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac for the second round, at Jimmy's suggestion. Randy said she did a good job, but he thought it felt like a somber moment. Steven said this performance made him remember why he fell in love with Stevie Nicks in the first place. Jennifer said it was a beautiful moment, but she was waiting for Haley to take it further at the end.

Haley took on "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette at the judge's request for the third round. Randy loved seeing Haley rock out in a soulful way, even though she had problems with some parts of the song. Steven said the performance was "amazing," "perfect" and "incredible." Jennifer thought no one could match Haley's vocal power.

The top two finalists will be revealed on American Idol Thursday night at 8:00 ET.  50 Cent, Nicole Scherzinger, and Il Volo are set to perform, too.

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Thursday
May052011

'American Idol's' Top Five Sing Songs Old and New

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top five performed Wednesday night under the watchful eye of Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was spotted in the audience.

Kelly Preston was also in the crowd, sitting behind judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.  The theme of the night was "Now and Then," with the contestants singing one recent song and one from back in the day.  Jimmy Iovine brought Sheryl Crow in to help mentor the contestants this week.

Here's what happened:

James Durbin kicked the night off with his current song, "Closer to the Edge" by 30 Seconds to Mars.  Tyler loved the way Durbin's audience reacted during the performance, and Lopez said America was feeling it.  Jackson thought this performance really showed where he could go in today's music world.  Jackson also said Durbin was "in it to win it."

Durbin sang Harry Nilsson's "Without You" for his second song.  Jackson called his performance "vocally perfect" and said the competition was his to lose.  Tyler said that the performance was as beautiful as it gets, even though it was "pitchy in a James Durbin kind of way."  Lopez called him a true artist who was serious about winning Idol.

Jacob Lusk started singing both parts of "No Air" by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, but he never seemed to find his footing with the song.  Lopez thought this performance helped answer the question of what Lusk would record in his post-American Idol career.  Jackson didn't like that musical direction for him and thought the performance was corny.  He wanted to see Lusk be the new Luther Vandross.  Tyler didn't think Lusk had found himself musically yet, but he does love his voice.

For Lusk's second number, he went with "Love Hurts," a song made popular by The Everly Brothers and Nazareth. Tyler thought he got lost in the song a bit, but he loved the delivery.  Lopez said that vocal took her to another place, even though he had a hiccup in the middle of the song, and Jackson thought the performance redeemed Lusk from his first one.  He also thought Lusk took one of the notes to heights rivaled only by Mariah Carey.

Lauren Alaina was the first girl on stage Wednesday night, singing Carrie Underwood's up-tempo song "Flat on the Floor."  Jackson said that was the direction she should go after Idol, and thought her performance was amazing.  Tyler said her performance was as good as it gets, and Lopez bobbed her head during the performance, saying afterward that Alaina really brought it.

Alaina sang the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" for her second time on stage.  Lopez said it was a beautiful song sung beautifully.  Jackson said she could sing like a bird, and he was glad to see this side of her onstage.  Tyler said the song was perfect for her, and he could listen to her sing all night.

Scotty McCreery went with Montgomery Gentry's rocking country song "Gone."  Tyler said he danced with the devil on this performance, and Lopez said she loved the way he worked the stage.  Jackson thought it looked like he was putting on an actual concert, and also gave him the "in it to win it" seal of approval.

McCreery returned with "Always on My Mind," made popular by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.  Lopez thought it showed him to be a well-rounded performer.  Jackson called him the show's "youngest veteran."  He thinks America now knows who McCreery will be as a recording artist.  Tyler said he couldn't pick his performance apart, calling it "perfect."

Haley Reinhart got her hands on an unreleased Lady Gaga song for her first performance.  Iovine delivered it to Reinhart, and during a phone conversation, she actually got Gaga's blessing to sing it.  It's called "You and I" and will be included on Gaga's new album, Born This Way, coming out May 23, though Gaga has been performing it live on tour for months.  Lopez loved the way Reinhart sounded on "You and I," but she wasn't sure it was a good idea to do an unreleased song at this point in the competition.  Jackson wasn't sure about the song either, though Tyler thought she put all she had into the song.  He liked that she took a song that no one knew and made it work.

Reinhart's second song was The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun," and she kicked it off singing a capella.  All three judges gave her a standing ovation, along with the audience.  Jackson said it was the best performance of the night, and Tyler said she sold everybody with that one.  Lopez said that song had never been sung like that before.

Someone is going home on American Idol's results show Thursday night at 8:00 ET on Fox.  Judge Jennifer Lopez will perform "On the Floor" and give a sneak peek at her new video.  Lady Antebellum will also be on hand to deliver their brand-new single, "Just a Kiss."

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Thursday
Apr282011

'American Idol's' Top Six Sing the Songs of Carole King

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top six finalists took on the songs of Carole King Wednesday night, with each contestant performing both solo and as part of a duet.

As always, judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were on hand to critique the Idol hopefuls.  Producer Jimmy Iovine invited Babyface to join him this week in mentoring the contestants.

Here's what happened:

Jacob Lusk was up first with a solo rendition of "Oh No, Not My Baby."  Tyler said he was glad he shook his tail feathers this week. Lopez thought he killed it, and Jackson liked that he gave an energetic performance.

Lauren Alaina got some good encouragement from Babyface this week as she worked up "Where You Lead." Lopez was very proud of her and thought she really pushed through a lot of boundaries this week. Jackson thought she had extra swagger this week. He didn't love the song choice, but Jackson said she came out with a vengeance. Tyler said she manifested light and encouraged her to keep shining.

Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams teamed up for the night's first duet on "I Feel the Earth Move."  Tyler said it seemed as though Abrams was in love with Reinhart during the performance, and that they worked the stage very well.

Scotty McCreery stepped out of his country comfort zone a bit with one of Carole's best-known songs, "You've Got a Friend." Jackson applauded him for showing off the higher part of his vocal range, saying the performance was flawless. Tyler didn't think he had ever sounded better, and Lopez thought he proved he's a great storyteller with this performance.

James Durbin got some requests on AmericanIdol.com to sing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," so he decided to go with it. Tyler revealed this was the song that played when he first made out with a girl, noting that it was at a bowling alley and "I didn't strike out." He loved his performance of it. Lopez called the performance "magical," and said he was the "star of the night" and this season's most consistent performer. Jackson thought this performance really proved he is a great singer and could win the whole competition.

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery insisted they had a brother-and-sister energy between them instead of anything romantic before joining forces on "Up on the Roof."  Lopez thought it was beautiful and thought McCreery did a good job taking a back seat to Alaina's big vocals.

Casey Abrams returned to sing "Hi-De-Ho." Jackson loved how he always brings a different vibe every week and said it took him back to New Orleans. Tyler thought he worked the stage very well, and Lopez said he was in his element this week. She wants to see him loosen up and move around a bit more in the future.

Haley Reinhart chose "Beautiful" for her solo turn. Tyler said he heard God in her voice and told her she nailed it. Lopez said she had one of the best voices in the competition. Jackson didn't love the beginning, but he got into it towards the end of the performance.

Jacob Lusk and James Durbin returned for a duet on "I'm into Something Good." Midway through the performance, Lusk and Durbin went down to the judges' table to sing the song to Lopez. Tyler thought they had fun with it, but he wasn't sure where they were going with the performance.

Someone is going home on American Idol's results show Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET.  Bruno Mars and Idol alum Crystal Bowersox are also set to perform.

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Thursday
Apr212011

'American Idol's' Top Seven Sing Songs of the 21st Century

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top seven contestants performed songs from the 21st century this week.

As always, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their comments.  This season's eliminated contestants -- Pia Toscano, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Karen Rodriguez, Thia Megia and Ashton Jones -- opened the show with a performance of Pink's "So What." 

Scotty McCreery chose to sing LeAnn Rimes' cover of the John Anderson country hit "Swingin'." Tyler loved the performance, but he wanted him to do some more boot-scooting around the stage. Lopez liked the way he tells stories when he sings, but she thinks he needs to push past his comfort zone at this point in the competition. She also didn't like his song choice, nor did Jackson, who felt it was safe and kind of boring.

James Durbin sang "Uprising" by Muse in a bid to showcase his contemporary side. Lopez said that would go down as the most theatrical performance of the night. She called it amazing, and Jackson predicted it would also be the best performance of the night.  Tyler playfully admonished Durbin to stay out of his closet, since they both wear rocker gear. He said Durbin was crazy good.

Haley Reinhart chose Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" for this week, performing on a stool right behind the judges' table. Jackson thought this song indicated a great potential direction for her to go after the show's over. Tyler thought the performance was a little slow at the start but picked up towards the end. Lopez thought she showed a lot of courage singing a current hit and said she really shone on certain parts of the song.

Jacob Lusk delivered Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father." Tyler called him "Luther Lusk" and said he reminded him of why he loves music. Lopez said emotionally it was a beautiful performance. Jackson thought it was a good vocal, but he wanted to see him really show off next week if he's still around.

Casey Abrams played guitar on Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe." He ended by singing straight to Lopez and even gave her a kiss on the cheek after the final note. A somewhat flustered Lopez joked that he isn't playing fair, and noted that he has soft lips. She added that she loved the performance. Jackson loved that he always surprises the audience, and Tyler said he is already a cult hero.

Stefano Langone went with Ne-Yo's "Can't Stop." Jackson said he did a great job and took his time singing the verses. Tyler said no one could say he wasn't all up in it. Lopez spoke for all the girls in the audience, applauding his swagger on this performance.

Lauren Alaina sang "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. Tyler loved her swagger, but he wanted her to sing some Alison Krauss, Faith Hill or Shania Twain next week. Lopez said she had an interesting color to her voice and encouraged her to bring big vocals next week. Jackson said she doesn't know how good she is, and he encouraged her to challenge herself.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol results show. The action starts at 8:00 ET on Fox, with performances from David Cook and Katy Perry also on tap.

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