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Randy Jackson Re-Joins 'American Idol', Replaces Jimmy Iovine as Mentor

Randy Jackson Re-Joins 'American Idol', Replaces Jimmy Iovine as Mentor

Randy Jackson is set to return to American Idol next year as the in-house mentor for contestants, replacing Jimmy Iovine, according to Deadline.

The 57-year-old former Idol judge announced at the end of the show’s last season that he would not be coming back again as a judge, but it seems he can’t get away from the show!

Jimmy was hired in season ten to fill the void left by Simon Cowell‘s knowledge as a music executive. Even though he won’t be with the show anymore, there might still be a top music producer on the judging panel as Dr. Luke is in talks to join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

There are also rumors swirling that Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun could take the vacant seat on the panel, according to Us Weekly.

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  • Madison

    Can they just cancel this show already. It’s been going downhill for years. Stick a fork in it already!!

  • yes

    Yay! He practically helps make the show so its fine with me.

  • lr

    Sounds good.

  • Disgusted

    Yawnnnnnnnnnnn, just cancel this rubbish now and avoid the embarrassment.

    It’s pathetic and the people are the reason we turned off the show, and yet they give us the same old crap again and again.

    They had a chance to make this show better with new exciting judges, and they fail again.

    bye bye Idol.

  • JB

    Terrible idea. The only chance they had was for fresh faces and here we get JLo and Randy back? Are they kidding? I hope Dr. Luke has an amazing personality because that show is gonna need it bad. Too bad.

  • DianaKat1

    Well, that’s pretty much the final nail in their coffin! Randy’s boring and banal critiques are dreadful and JLo will be all about self promotion…again. I won’t be watching AI! It’s too bad since the new producers voiced their wishes to bring in new ideas and didn’t do follow through. #RIP AI

  • http://Comcast Joni

    LOVE AMERICAN IDOL after they hired KEITH URBAN. Keith is so knowledgeable about music and he is fun and funny. I think Randy will be good in that spot, I also think they only need three judges. American Idol is a better show than these other talent shows, that’s for sure

  • MaggieG

    @Joni: What the f uck are you smoking. They NEED TO GET RID OF URBAN PERIOD. Who the h ell is Keith Urban anyways? He got the job only b/c of the deal Nicole Kidman made with Katie Holmes. That’s why katies friend Nigel was fired. Urban is bs no name man only thing HE’S NICOLE KIDMAN’S WIFE.

  • Anna

    @MaggieG: Woah wait a minute, you are trashing a huge name in country music. Maybe you don’t listen to his music, but I do. He is very very talented and is an incredible guitar player. He does pretty good for himself, stop kidding yourself.

  • lolatoopointoh

    Another ridiculously stupid decision. They really are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Then they get surprised when they tank.

  • solecito

    I like Randy, Jen, and Keith. I’m also happy that neither Kanye or are going to be judges. Looking forward to the new season.

  • ..

    @MaggieG: nicely said Maggie!! Urban is a BORE!

  • Yuma

    Glad Randy is back. Keith is the best. Looks like the Keith Urban psycho found a new thread to troll.

  • http://comcast Patricia

    @Maggie I love the way you answer your own comments, Crazy real Crazy. Your jealousy is showing big time. Cannot wait for American Idol 2014, it is going to be great with the three judges especially KEITH URBAN. Try to get a grip on your jealousy, not becoming to anyone.

  • ttaci

    Randy really ? jeeze he is so 30 seconds ago. Jimmy helped save the show after Simon left if the owner of Idol wants to keep the show alive get rid of Jlo and Randy, bring back the song writer who filled in after Paula and bring Jimmy back that way real talent gets put in front of America not someone Jlo picks because she likes them but because they can sing. Harry and Keith are great. They actually base decisions on ability not cuteness.