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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Might former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and current American Idol judge Randy Jackson have shared a night of passion at the Beverly Wilshire hotel?!?

According to a new reports in Us Weekly, the answer is, astonishingly, YES; though said passion might have been based around a common interest in music, not one another's naked bodies.

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Randy Jackson Biography

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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... More »
Born
Birthplace
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Full Name
Randall Darius Jackson