Report: Randy Jackson Out as American Idol Judge

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First, Steven Tyler. Then, Jennifer Lopez. Now, American Idol has officially cleaned its judging house.

Sources confirm to TMZ that Randy Jackson will not return in 2013 as a panelist on the Fox competition. Instead, as rumored for weeks now, he will move in to a mentoring capacity.

Randy Jackson Red Carpet Photo

With Mariah Carey on board, this means at least two - possibly three if the show expands to four judges - openings are available.

Insiders continue to say that Nicki Minaj is incredibly close to closing her deal, with Keith Urban a favorite for the third spot. Other names bantered about include Diddy, Lenny Kravitz, Nick Jonas and even Kanye West.

But let's take a moment to look back before we look forward. Will you miss Randy Jackson as a judge?


I love the fresh faces, I can't wait to see Mariah. I hope Kanye west and former idol Kelly Clarke. I bet it be good, I stop watching because it was getting bored. With those judges it going to be hot


I love the fresh faces, I can't wait to see Mariah. I hope Kanye west and former idol Kelly Clarke. I bet it be good


Why do TV Channels always change a combination that works is it because the other reality shows change their panels like people change their underwear why be the same as them, Steven Tyler, J'Lo and Randy really worked as a team. I'm from the UK and think that American Idol is one of the best talent shows out there and a lot of the reason for this is because the judging panel works there's no bitching and all of the judges are very likeable and they have been in the business long enough to know what they are talking about. A talent show should be about just that finding new talent not which judge is going to bring in the most ratings.


Still believe that Rand is a suitable judge in terms of : Good criticisms to motivate competitors.Being honest not buyers.To have passion. Without Randy American Idiols = American Idiots


i hop they choose nick jonas.i lv that guy even though i knw nothing about his music career.wel u knw wht dey sy LOVE Is BLIND.


I stopped watching the year Ellen Degenres became a judge. I love her talk show but not her as a judge. It was best went Simon, Paula and Randy were judges. The show is now giving mega money to these new judges that already have enough of it. Even Ryan Seacrest needs to stop doing so many gigs. They are gonna all regret the Time in life that they are missing all in the quest for that mighty dollar. Can the show just go back to focusing on the talent and not worry about how infamous the judges are gonna be?


He sucks and what made him an expert anyway?? He was better doing the weather on the Today show.


Forget anyone else... GENE SIMMONS would be best choice for new AI Judge!!!!!!


I will definitely not watch if Nicki Minaj is on, and as for Randy having no talent, that is BS. He played and recorded music with and for more bands that you can imagine and has more right to be there than any of the others, barring Steven Tyler!!! I am rooting for a strong male judge who is not pigeonholed into one genre and all the judges need some experience. And if I hear talk of Taylor Swift I will immediately puke!!


That is really sad!! All the judges are leaving....guess I will stop watching!! I really like the Dawg!

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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]