KIRSTIN SAYS: Is Randy Jackson Mean Enough To Be The Next Simon Cowell?

Thu, October 7, 2010 4:01pm EST by 2 Comments

Randy “Dawg” Jackson is apparently the harshest guy on the judges panel now that Simon Cowell is gone…but I’m not so sure Mr. Nice Guy can pull off being mean!

As if it’s not enough there are two new faces, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, on the American Idol panel,  long-time Idol alum, Randy Jackson, has apparently changed his tune too! With notoriously tough Simon Cowell missing, “The Dawg” has decided to fill his shoes — but I seriously doubt Randy can be mean!

However, according to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Oct. 5, the 54-year-old judge is “the one to shut it down the most” in auditions.

Plus, an Idol insider also told E! that Randy has turned a new (meaner) leaf. “He’s stepped up his game and is being more blunt and bottom line. He’s definitely not wishy-washy. He’s, like, rebranded himself a little,” the source said.

I have a hard time believing Randy will ever be as blunt as Simon Cowell, or even as harsh as J-Lo. For the past nine seasons, he’s had the same script when it comes to critiquing contestants:

“Yo, dawg! You know I love you man, but I gotta keep it real,” he always says, before launching into a long-winded lesson on vocal runs or pitches.

Maybe being HBIC has truly affected Randy and he’s actually the new Simon Cowell — but if that’s the case, I hope he tries out his British accent!


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Posted at 3:29 PM on February 5, 2011  

It’s embarrassing watching Randy making an ass of himself trying too hard to be Mr Mean. Simon Cowell does it with a twinkle in his eye – with a basic humanity that still comes through. By contrast, Randy comes off sounding plain cold and brutal.
Its a forced meanness that actually comes off as a rude insult to the viewers. If Randy continues in simons shoes…danger ahead.

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Posted at 5:19 PM on October 7, 2010  

my initial thought was- no way; but, you know, there is an expression about stepping up to the plate- and it fits here. maybe with simon gone, and randy being the only veteran (and a long time one at that), maybe he will really have room and incentive to take charge. i can see it dawg.

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