I’ve always said Randy Jackson would survive a Zombie apocalypse. Leaving American Idol? Nah. Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving the show where he served as in-house mentor for the last 3 seasons and Randy will slip into his place.
Randy was almost fired last season, but a last minute reprieve probably had EVERYTHING to do with Mariah Carey, whom he managed at the time, taking a seat on the judges panel.
The good news, is that Randy probably won’t suck as much in the mentor position. I just hope he sticks to real talk–puts away the cliches, and delivers some solid advice. He’s mentored contestants off show, like Brooke White, for instance. Randy may annoy us, but the contestants seem to really love him.
Jimmy Iovine leaving? Hm. I’d love to know what that’s all about. Maybe last year’s bust of a season was just too much for him to take.
The acerbic producer always played the straight talker via his post-performance critiques. I just hope whoever takes that third judges spot next to Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez can lay a little truth on the contestants.
And this brand new Idol? Is looking A LOT like the old version. So much for sweeping changes.