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Randy Jackson: Returning to 'American Idol'!

Randy Jackson will reportedly be returning to the judge’s table this season on the hit singing competition show American Idol!

The 56-year-old producer was rumored to be out of the running for a judge’s spot and was said to be taking on a smaller role, but Fox has apparently closed a deal with him, according to Deadline.

Randy joins Mariah Carey at the judge’s table, and it is rumored Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj will finalize deals this week, though nothing has been confirmed!

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Mariah Carey: Whitney Houston Tribute at BET Awards

Mariah Carey gets emotional on stage at the 2012 BET Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday (July 1) in Los Angeles.

The 42-year-old entertainer hit the stage to deliver a tribute speech for the late Whitney Houston.

“The first time I heard Whitney‘s voice, I was mesmerized like the rest of the world,” Mariah said during her speech. “Just an unknown, budding singer myself, I was captivated by the power in her range, the richness of her tone and her unique ability to wrap a lyric in emotion.”

“We’ll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all,” Mariah continued.

Click inside to watch the complete 19 minute tribute to Whitney!

Also pictured: Whitney‘s mother Cissy Houston and Randy Jackson.

10+ pictures inside of Mariah Carey at the 2012 BET AwardsMore Here! »

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Jennifer Lopez: 'American Idol' Finale Performance Show!

Jennifer Lopez waves to the audience as she makes her way on stage during the American Idol season finale performance show on Tuesday (May 22) at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Hollywood.

“We’re down to the final 2 on @AmericanIdol. Find out more about Jessica Sanchez & Phillip Phillips and watch this week!” the 42-year-old judge tweeted before the show.

Earlier in the day, J.Lo wore sweatpants as she made her way into the theater to get ready for the show.

Also pictured inside: Jennifer‘s fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler, as well as host Ryan Seacrest.

In case you missed them, check out Jessica and Phillip‘s final performances on the show that evening.

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Zuhair Murad beaded top, 3.1 Phillip Lim leather pants, Jacqueline Nerguizianblack diamond earrings, and Jimmy Choo shoes.

15+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez at the American Idol finale performance show… More Here! »

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Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart: Ago with 'Idol' Finalists!

Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend, Casper Smart, make their way out of Ago after celebrating with the American Idol finalists on Thursday (March 1) in Los Angeles.

The 42-year-old entertainer and American Idol judge also attended a party at The Grove earlier in the evening with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.

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Have you checked out Jennifer‘s sexy sports themed cover and spread from V magazine yet?

15+ pictures inside of Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart leaving Ago…
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Brad Pitt: 'Make It Right' Gala on March 10!

Brad Pitt will be hosting the star-studded “A Night to Make It Right” gala on March 10 in New Orleans, La.

Ellen DeGeneres will co-host the $1,000-per-person soiree, which will benefit Brad‘s Make It Right home rebuilding organization.

The night will also feature special guest Randy Jackson and performances by Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, and Seal. Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, and Spike Lee will serve on the event’s host committee.

“Our goal is 150 houses, and this fundraiser is going to help us reach that goal,” Make It Right spokeswoman Taylor Royle told the Associated Press. “It’s been a long road to get these families home. But we’re happy with our progress, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the progress we’ve made.”

Jennifer Lopez: 'American Idol' TCA with the Judges!

Jennifer Lopez lets out a smile at the 2012 Winter TCA tour held at The Langham Huntington on Sunday (January 8) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 42-year-old singer, who paired her 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt and top with Lisa Zunino earrings and Pomellato bracelets, spoke onstage during the American Idol panel along with her fellow judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Ryan Seacrest joined the trio for the talk.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jennifer Lopez

“I’m still an emotional person, but I’m a bit more comfortable,” Jennifer said of her return to the judges table.

American Idol returns January 18 on FOX!

FYI: Jennifer is also wearing Le Vian, Hellmuth, and Brumani rings and a Hellmuth bracelet.

15+ pictures inside of the American Idol judges at the 2012 Winter TCA…
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