Is Randy Jackson returning to this season of American Idol as a judge? According to The Hollywood Reporter, this could very likely be the case. Instead of going with singer and heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, sources close to the show explain that Jackson is slated to return as the fourth judge on the show, taking a chair next to Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban. However, since nothing has been officially confirmed as of this writing, Jackson’s return should probably be considered internet speculation.
For a while, it appeared that Enrique Iglesias would replace Randy Jackson as judge on the latest season of American Idol. Instead of riding off into the sunset for good, Jackson would instead move into a mentor role. However, sources close to the show explain that negotiations with Iglesias have fallen through, prompting the network to tap Jackson as the fourth judge.
MTV News states that FOX has remained tight-lipped about the shuffling, so nothing official has been released to the public as of this writing. Although little information on the subject has come tumbling from the lips of network representatives, Simon Cowell shared the news with his legion of followers on Twitter.
“Just heard Randy is back on ‘Idol.’ Right decision,” he wrote. I’m sure FOX executives appreciated the former judge spilling the proverbial beans before they could issue a statement on the matter.
During his appearance on the TODAY Show, Randy Jackson discussed a number of American Idol-related topics including the addition of Mariah Carey, who he reportedly co-manages. However, when the hosts attempted to extract some information from Jackson about his role on the show’s upcoming season, he didn’t have a lot to say on the subject.
Are you excited about Randy Jackson’s possible return to American Idol as a judge? Would you prefer to see Enrique Iglesias on this season of the talent competition?