In another major shake-up as an attempt to revamp the struggling “American Idol,” Randy Jackson will officially leave his post as a judge on the competition series after 11 years.
According to reports, the 56-year-old former music executive is not leaving “American Idol” altogether, but will now serve as a mentor to contestants—the role played by chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine last season.
Earlier this year, both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler decided to vacate their gig as judges on “American Idol.”
The only judge finalized for season 12 of “American Idol” right now is pop diva Mariah Carey, who is happens to be managed by Jackson.
Rumors have circulated for several weeks that rap superstar Nicki Minaj is in final negotiations to join the show as a judge; however various reports indicate that Carey is not happy with the idea of sitting alongside the eccentric hip-hop performer.
The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin has expressed interest in joining the show as a judge, and a laundry list of additional names ranging from Latin star Enrique Iglesias, country singers Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, and hip-hop performers Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Sean “Diddy” Combs have all been tossed about as potential judges as well.
“American Idol” will have to finalize whatever plans they have for the two open judges’ slots in the coming weeks as they should begin contestant auditions on the road in the coming weeks.