American Idol may not bid farewell to Randy Jackson after all.
Although he announced his retirement from the singing competition before the end of last season, Jackson may end up sticking around a little longer. Reports suggested that the veteran producer is in talks with producers to stay on-board as a mentor.
Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine, who served as a mentor on the show for three seasons, won’t be coming back next season. Since the show needs someone to give the contestants a helping hand, American Idol is reportedly working out a deal with Randy Jackson.
According to Deadline, FOX chairman Kevin Reilly said earlier this month that Jackson would remain involved with the long-running program in one capacity or another. His role as mentor would allow him to stick around in a much bigger role than Reilly originally revealed.
“He is a friend of show, and certainly guests spots (are a real possibility),” the chairman explained.
American Idol is undergoing quite a few changes ahead of the new season. In order to get ratings back on track, producers have made several adjustments in hopes of bringing viewers back into the fold. This includes ditching most of the judges in favor of some new blood.
Although country music star Keith Urban is sticking around, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj won’t return for season 13. Instead, producers have reportedly wooed Jennifer Lopez back to the judge’s table with a hefty paycheck. Producer Dr. Luke is also in talks to join American Idol as well.
Executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick also dropped out of American Idol. The pair were instrumental in getting the show on the air back in the summer of 2002. News Corp. executive David Hill will oversee the program following Mike Darnell’s departure from FOX.
What do you think about Randy Jackson possibly taking a mentor role on American Idol?