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Randy Jackson Is Leaving 'American Idol' For Real This Time

After thirteen years on the hit reality competition series, Randy Jackson is officially going to be leaving American Idol for real this time.

The 58-year-old music producer served as a judge on the program for twelve seasons before announcing his departure to work on other ventures. He then returned to the show in the mentor slot vacated by Jimmy Iovine.

It has now been announced that Randy will not return for season fourteen next year.

Randy has been such an integral part of American Idol since Day 1, both as a judge and as a mentor. He’s provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many Idols we have discovered over the years. We wish him all the best in his next chapter. Randy will always be part of our Idol family and we hope he’ll visit from time to time,” Fox, Idol producers FremantleMedia North America, and 19 Entertainment said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Jennifer Lopez Has Been 'Mentally, Emotionally, Verbally' Abused in Past Relationships

Jennifer Lopez struts her stuff looking as gorgeous as always as she arrives for more American Idol Hollywood auditions on Wednesday (October 29) in Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old entertainer was joined by fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

Jennifer is opening up about past abuse in her book “True Love.”

“I’ve never gotten a black eye or a busted lip, but I’ve felt abused in one way or another: mentally, emotionally, verbally,” Jennifer wrote.

“Every day that you don’t walk out that door, every day you accept things in your partner and in yourself, is a day that you’re saying it’s okay,” Jennifer added. She told People, “I had to learn to take care of myself and know my worth. When things are not working out, and you’re not being treated in a way that you want to be treated, you have to look at that because it’s nobody’s fault but yours. You have to take control and you have to set up your own boundaries. You have the power to change it.”

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Naeem Kahn shirt, alice & olivia pants, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Melinda Maria jewels. Keith is wearing Levi‘s Jeans.

15+ pictures inside of the American Idol judges arriving for more auditions… More Here! »

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Jennifer Lopez Looks Fierce in New 'American Idol' Promo Shoot

Jennifer Lopez struts her stuff while posing for a brand new American Idol photo shoot on Thursday (October 2) in Hollywood.

The 45-year-old entertainer was joined by fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr, as well as host Ryan Seacrest.

The upcoming fourteenth season of the show is set to premiere in January 2015. We can’t wait!

Also pictured below: J.Lo shows off her legs in a short leather skirt while shopping the day before in Calabasas.

FYI: Keith is wearing Levi’s jeans.

20+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez and the American Idol judges at their shoot… More Here! »

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Jennifer Lopez: Women Can Feel Young & Sexy at 45!

Jennifer Lopez is sexy in a see-through lace dress while arriving for American Idol filming on Thursday (October 2) in Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old entertainer was joined by fellow judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr, as well as host Ryan Seacrest.

J.Lo recently opened up about critics saying she was acting too young in her “Booty” music video.

“This is good for women,” she told The Insider with Yahoo. “You have to know that you don’t disappear after you’re 28 years old. You can be here, you can be vital and young and sexy and feel good about yourself.”

About her bangin’ body, J.Lo said, “Nobody can escape the hard work that it takes to get results. All of us have to work hard at it and I definitely have to.”

Also pictured below: Jennifer switching into different dress for the taping.

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Sarah Baadarani black lace dress. Keith is wearing Levi’s jeans.

30+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez and others arriving for IdolMore Here! »

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Jennifer Lopez & 'American Idol' Judges Head to New Orleans for Auditions!

Jennifer Lopez poses for a photo with her American Idol co-judges Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban while arriving for the auditions on Wednesday (August 27) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

Fans that still want a chance to audition for the upcoming season will have to get themselves to San Francisco on September 29 for their chance at stardom!

In case you didn’t know, Harry is actually from New Orleans so we hope he found some good talent in his hometown.

It was just announced that Harry will be appearing on the season premiere week of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat about his new movie Dolphin Tale 2.

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Valentino dress and Casadei shoes.

20+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez and the judges at the auditions… More Here! »

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'American Idol' Team Responds to Michael Johns' Death

The people behind American Idol have taken to Twitter to express their condolences following the death of former contestant Michael Johns.

The singer died at the age of 35 from a blood clot in his ankle.

Fox, FremantleMedia North America, 19 Entertainment and the American Idol team released a joint statement, saying “Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our American Idol family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

The judges of Michael‘s season – Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson – also chimed in to send out their thoughts.

Click inside to read the messages from the judges… More Here! »

Paramore Performs 'Ain't It Fun' with Jena Irene - Watch Now!

Hayley Williams of Paramore shows off her toned tummy while performing on stage during the season thirteen finale of American Idol on Wednesday (May 21) at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old singer was joined on stage by finalist Jena Irene, who kicked off the performance by singing the band’s song “Decode.” They then segued into the current hit single “Ain’t It Fun” and it sure was a lot of fun!

“Close to show time for the guys and I! See y’all soon 📺📡,” Hayley tweeted before the show started.


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