Randy Jackson Officially Quits As American Idol Judge

It’s pretty much official that Randy Jackson, the sole remaining original judge on American Idol, has given up his seat as a judge and will likely become a mentor for the show’s 2013 12th season.

Signed on is Mariah Carey with a big price tag of nearly $18 million.

Reportedly, Nicki Minaj is still in talks but, allegedly close to signing as is Keith Urban, who comes in at a bargain basement price of $3 to $4 million for the season.

This sounds like a train-wreck waiting to happen.

Diva, Mariah Carey…who is well-known for her diva-style demands and big money for doing the show and insisted she be the only female on the panel.  Can anyone say, “Make-up, hair, wardrobe adjustment, double faced tape, where’s my Latte and, get Minaj out of here…I’m the STAR?”

Nicki Minaj the rapper who has a mouth that even bleach couldn’t clean up and dresses herself more like a cartoon character.

And, we have Keith Urban, the Australian Country-Singer legend who will take the bargain-basement contract because he’s alleged to want to promote his newest albums to North American fans as he did by taking a seat on The Voice (Australia) to up his popularity and promote his albums Down-Under.

Nigel Lythgoe, originally stated that he wanted a judge’s panel that “gelled” and had “chemistry”.  Uhhhhh….was he and his show execs drunk when they came up with this combo?  It seems rather impossible that the three of these judges could “gel” with one another.

Carey is said to consider herself in a league of her own.  Minaj has a reputation for having a “sewer mouth” and Urban…well….he’s the “lone male” between two opposite ends of the spectrum women judges.

All of the contending judges have albums and careers that they’re hoping to boost by their stint on Idol this season.  It’s wreaking of stars wanting to promote themselves rather than the talent on that stage.  We’ll likely have more result night shows with the judges rallying for air-time than anything else.

This can’t be a wise move on either FOX or Idol’s parts with other talent shows taking over viewership on the air-waves, like The Voice and Simon Cowell’s, X Factor, which airs in the Fall with his new judges’ panel.  Unless Cowell flops, Idol could leave viewers flipping the channel from a circus.

It’s sounding more like laying the show down on the train-tracks, waiting to be hit and knocked off the rails.  This season could be the “Swan Song” for the show or, at least, pretty close to it before mid-season.

It may be a bet to take that most viewers will tune in for the first couple of weeks as a novelty and the stats will show viewership dropping drastically by mid-season.






Katy Perry Says No To Idol But Adam Lambert May Be Next

Katy Perry has said “no” to being a judge on American Idol for the 2013 season.


In spite of the fact that Jennifer Lopez’s judge’s seat on American Idol 2013 will likely become vacant and Idol execs had been reportedly courting Perry to sit upon Lopez’s throne, Perry has refused the offer and will not be a judge on Idol this coming season.

Apparently, the show would take more of a commitment than what Perry is either willing to or able to give.

“People have reached out to me about the possibility of being involved, and it’s  not right for me yet. It’s a real commitment  to be on one of those shows,”  Perry has stated in response to the possibility.

While none of the judges, including Randy Jackson have said one way or the other about their return to the judge’s table, it’s been rumored that former American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert is being considered by AI officials.

Up in the air for this trio of judges for 2013’s American Idol judge’s seats.


“They have been talking about Adam for over a month.  He  personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He  knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has  a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on,”  a source has stated.

Reportedly, Lambert may be being considered to take over Randy Jackson’s seat.

Lambert being considered to replace Randy Jackson in 2013?


Not shockingly, Jackson seems to have out-run his fan attractiveness to the show.  It’s been said that he represents “old American Idol” and with new singing reality shows popping up and whisking fans away from AI viewership, execs on the show want a brand new look and feel.  Jackson just doesn’t seem to fit the bill anymore so, he may find himself on his rear and out of his chair.  It seems Simon Cowell’s X-Factor show may be one of the factors that has left Jackson dangling.

Lambert has already stated, “I’m just hearing about this today as well and so what a beautiful rumor. Listen, if — and I say ‘if’ with a capital I-F — if they were to approach me and if they were to say, ‘We want you to be a judge on the show,’ I would love that. I would jump at the chance.’Idol’ has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career,” he said. “IF ‘Idol’ wants to talk to me about Judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.”

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Lambert’s management has already been contacted and entered into some form of light talks about the possibility.

Lambert had been on a short-list for Cowell’s chair when he left AI in 2010 but, at the time, Lambert was quoted as saying that he wanted to concentrate on his career in recording instead and wouldn’t take the gig if offered.  Something must have changed in his career for him to be considering it now.  Perhaps, he needs a kick-start like AI has done for Lopez and Aerosmith singer, Steven Tyler who is back and on tour this summer with his former band.

“It is a game, the show is a game show in some regards. It’s about talent but it’s also about strategy. It’s also about thinking it through and picking the right songs and all that … I would love to help,”  Lambert has said about the show and the unpredictable voting for the show.

Also rumored to be considered is Miley Cyrus (heaven help us, no).  Cyrus’ grating voice and cocky attitude would certainly make me want to turn the channel.

It appears that American Idol is having a rough time in getting those chairs filled for this upcoming season.  Could this be the final season for the once top rated show?  It’s possible.