Randy Jackson: Closes Deal To Return As “American Idol” Judge

The game of musical chairs that has become the judges table on Fox’s “American Idol” continues to go on.

News broke on Aug. 31 that original judge Randy Jackson would be moving from the judges table to a mentor role, but now it looks as though “American Idol” may have had a change of heart.

Producers for “American Idol” had apparently been negotiating with Latin music star Enrique Iglesias about joining the competition series, but that deal has allegedly hit an impasse and now producers FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment are moving Jackson back to his regular post.

The 56-year-old former music executive is also the manager of Mariah Carey, who has signed on for a one-year stint as a judge on “American Idol.”

Jackson being the anchor judge would have him working side-by-side with his longtime friend, music collaborator and now, client.

Mariah Carey & Randy Jackson

“American Idol” is supposedly still in talks with rapper Nicki Minaj—this option has reportedly outraged Carey—and country superstar Keith Urban to join the show as well.

It is unclear as to whether “American Idol” will continue as a three judge panel or expand to having four judges.

Earlier this year, both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler decided to vacate their gig as judges on “American Idol” after two seasons on the show.


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