Randy Jackson Compares American Idol Finalists, Hypes "Unique" Season Nine Cast

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With Simon Cowell exiting American Idol after this year, Randy Jackson is set to become the face of the franchise.

So far, he's spoken out on the over exposure of the show's judges and previewed a "wild, crazy season" to come on the competition.

But what about the recent past? How would Randy compare the two men left standing to conclude season eight?

"[Adam Lambert is] a far bigger personality, probably, than [Kris Allen]. But I think they're both equally talented," Jackson told MTV. "Kris obviously won for a reason."

As for another finalist, Jackson had nothing but praise for Allison Iraheta: "She's got her record out too. I wish them all well and the best."

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Randy also said he was pleased to see that season nine isn't shock full of Adam and Kris clones. Leading into Hollywood week, the aspiring singers stand on their own.

"You would have thought there would have been a lot more theatrical Adam Lambert or Kris Allen types that would have showed up for the auditions, but that's not what happened at all this time.

"Usually, whoever wins or comes in one and two, the next season of auditions, you have a lot of those kinds of people. It's almost like it was a signal to all the people at home who were like them... I think we got a very interesting, unique cast that's really only unique to this season nine."

The action, judging and horrible/incredible auditions kick off tonight. Will you be watching?!?

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So with you Jennifer. The judges are now protecting Chris's image because they have to. Throughout last season they were all blown away by Adam Lambert. Simon even put his money on Adam. Now they are forced to promote chris. They were as disappointed and shocked as we were.

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Since you asked...NO I AM NOT WATCHING....until they clean up the awful rigged system of voting.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]