Randy Jackson is one of four judges on American Idol. He's known for referring to most contestant as his "dawg." This musical guru also...

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Who let the Dawg back in?

Just a couple months after resigning his post as an American Idol judge, Randy Jackson is reportedly on his way back to the show that made him famous:

Reports indicate he will take over for Jimmy Iovine as competition's ongoing contestant mentor in 2014.

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Following a disastrous season, American Idol is attempting a reboot... but failing miserably so far.

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The Dawg has left the building.

Amidst historically low ratings and criticism that American Idol has grown stale, Randy Jackson resigned this afternoon from the Fox competition.

The Season 12 Team

“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Jackson told E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.”

Jackson went on to say he plans to focus on his company, Dream Merchant 21, as well as “other business ventures.”

Ratings for Season 12 of Idol have been decreasing each week and there's been talk that all four judges would have been replaced this summer even if Jackson did not leave on his own.

Producers are reportedly hoping to assemble some kind of dream team that includes Justin Bieber and/or Selena Gomez.

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So much for Randy Jackson being in the Dawg house.

Following reports that claimed this long-time judge would be moved to a mentor capacity on American Idol Season 12, Deadline confirms that the music producer once again be in his regular spot when the Fox competition returned in January.

“Just heard Randy is back on Idol,” Tweeted former castmate Simon Cowell last night. “Right decision."

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It's still unclear which stars will join Jackson and new panelist Mariah Carey, who have collaborated on a number of hit songs.

The leading contenders for the remaining spots are Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Enrique Igelsias, though sources say Adam Lambert is still under consideration. Expect a final announcement to be made this week.

Are you glad Jackson will return as a judge on American Idol?

 

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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.

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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?

 

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Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez may be gone from American Idol, and chatter may already be buzzing over their replacement (Adam Lambert? Mariah Carey? Aretha Franklin?), but these judges will never be forgotten.

By their now-former co-star at least.

Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez

"Steven and Jennifer are truly two of the most talented and consummate professionals I've worked with," Jackson told Gossip Cop in a statement. "I was friends with them before we hopped on this crazy journey together and I have no doubt our friendships will continue long after. I will love them for life."

Lopez confirmed her departure to Ryan Seacrest on Friday, while Tyler released his own statement earlier in the week.

There's been talk that the series is now looking to start over and will next give Jackson the axe.

What do YOU think, THGers? Which of the following stars would you most want to see as a Season 12 judge?

 

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The brewing feud between American Idol and The Voice, which returns for a second season after the Super Bowl Sunday night, shows no signs of simmering down.

Coach/judge Adam Levine is taking Idol's Randy Jackson to task for saying NBC’s upstart singing competition is more for “second chance people” than true stars.

“The winner of The Voice, I will remind you,” Jackson noted at the TCAs, “is an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract.”

Levine's response, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres:

“Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that,” Levine said. “He, of anybody, should know that if you’re in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances."

"So we love and embrace having that being part of the show.”

Levine, who was joined by fellow The Voice coaches Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, does credit Jackson for being “a working musician [who's] had a lot of success,” but he contends Jackson’s comments were “irresponsible.”

Do you agree? And which show do you like better?

 

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Oh, it is on between American Idol and The Voice.

During their panel discussion at yesterday's Television Critics Association winter press tour session, judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler left little doubt that they don't care much for NBC's singing competition, which gets underway on February 5.

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Among the disses lobbed at The Voice by this trio and/or Fox executives:

“It’s a compliment to Idol. We’re not hiring a lot of people from The Voice to be on our show.” - Fox reality president Mike Darnell on Kelly Clarkson joining The Voice as a mentor

"It was almost like second chance people; it wasn’t some new artist.” - Randy Jackson on The Voice champion Javier Colon having had a contract with Capitol Records

 “This is the show that produces the stars.” - Producer Ken Warwick

“We will never, ever rip of Star Trek like The Voice did with the chairs.” - Jackson

Finally, Randy responded to a question about why four consecutive Idol champions have had a penis, saying: “May the best talent win. If it’s another boy this year that’s the most talented person, that’s who should win... Look at the success of Justin Bieber; there are a lot of girls who vote for boys, that’s just what happens.”

Which singing competition do you like best?

 

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The incredible journey of American Idol kicks off again on January 17, and contestant should be warned: there will be no more Mr. Nice Judges.

"It was hard for me in the beginning to say 'no' at all," Jennifer Lopez tells TV Guide Magazine. "[This year] we're just as honest and just as compassionate, but maybe a tiny bit more blunt about it... it has to be tough love. Maybe we're a little tougher on the tough-love part."

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What about the presence of The X Factor and The Voice? Is the team worried about singing competition overkill?

"There's only one Coca-Cola," Randy Jackson said in response. "There may be many different variations made, but this is the original one. That's why I still call this the greatest talent show of its kind."

Jackson adds that there's a big difference between Idol and Simon Cowell's British important: the former is a "more intimate show," he says, elaborating:

"I think that's what really helps these kids. It's focused on us, yes, but not so much that you lose focus on the kids' talent. We never want to overshadow that."

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Still not very long removed from her divorce, Jennifer Lopez is diving into work. She performed last weekend at the iHeart Music Radio Festival and Randy Jackson confirmed at the event that his pal is "doing [American Idol] auditions and rising above."

It helps when you might be dating Bradley Cooper, of course.

"She's strong, she's a trooper, she's a great girl. She's amazing," Jackson told People.

J. Lo performed a 25-minute set at the Las Vegas event, which included the above performance of "On the Floor."  And she ought to feel comforted to know that her Fox family will always be there for her.

"Whatever help we need to give, we'll give her," Randy said.

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Will The Dawg Pound be coming to a television screen near you?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, American Idol judge Randy Jackson is pushing for his own talk show. It would not be limited to just the music scene, either.

"He wants to talk about things that will be hip next," an insider says. "He thinks he has his finger on the pulse."

Randy Jackson in a Bowtie

It's safe to say that fashion won't be on Randy Jackson's talk show plate.

Jackson has produced records for such huge stars as Madonna, Elton John and Whitney Houston. If this deal goes through, Jackson would join Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric as a new talk show host.

Would you watch his gabfest?

 

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