‘American Idol': Randy Jackson Out — Nicki Minaj 99 Percent In?

Fri, August 31, 2012 8:41am EDT by 14 Comments
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It’s official — Randy is out as judge on ‘American Idol,’ according to a new report.  And Nicki is 99 percent a done deal! Read on for all details.

Randy Jackson is officially leaving the judges table on American Idol after 11 seasons, according to a new report.

Although Randy is leaving the table, he will reportedly remain in a mentoring capacity — a position that producers are allegedly worried he’s not suitable for, but know that Randy is “the glue” that keeps the show together, TMZ reports.

So who will replace Randy?

Sources tell TMZ that Nicki Minaj is 99% a done deal, and producers are thrilled that Mariah Carey and Nicki don’t get along. The tension and conflict will allegedly bring in great ratings!

A friend of Mariah’s tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Mariah would love to have her dear friend Lenny Kravitz sit next to her on the American Idol judge panel. She thinks he would be the perfect choice because he is extremely talented and knows music inside and out.”

Our source had some harsh words for Nicki! “Nicki on the other hand isn’t established enough to qualify as a judge,” they say. “Mariah wants a panel of bright, inspirational and constructive judges. Not some freak show! Mariah thinks Nicki will just be a distraction and it will all be about her and her outrageous behavior. Mariah will NOT be happy if Nicki joins the panel and she has let the producers know just how she feels!”

The report also claims that Idol will be bringing on a fourth judge as they’re aiming to hire a country music artist to fill one of the other two vacant seats. Kanye West’s name has also been thrown around.

How do YOU feel, HollywoodLifers? Where would you like to see Randy go?

[TMZ]

– Christopher Rogers


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bliss

Posted at 12:45 PM on September 1, 2012  

THEY SHOULD GET STEVIE WONDER. HE WOULD BE GREAT. PLUS HE’ S BLIND AND WOULD JUST JUDGE ON MUSICAL TALENT.

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Alex

Posted at 2:19 PM on August 31, 2012  

Nicki Minaj will bring tons of rating! She is extremely talented and she’s just an awesome artist. She has performed LIVE in places that many celebs haven’t such as Victoria Secret Fashion show, Time Square for the Nokia Phone release. They could of chose anyone for that but they wanted her. American Idol wants Nicki because she will bring ratings. She had a sold out concert tours all over Europe and North America. She’s going back on yet another concert tour in Europe. She has broken bill board records. Only person to ever achieve it was Black Eyed Peas and she superseded that record. Between being the face of Pepsi, Sold out Tours, Fragrances, Her campaign with Viva Glam raising $250 million for people with Aids, She is an amazing artist. She does a bit of pop and rap, a perfect combo to reach out to more fans.

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boy23

Posted at 2:10 PM on August 31, 2012  

I think Nicki minaj should be in the idol STOP HATIN ON NICKI MINAJ lik for real

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Alex

Posted at 2:20 PM on August 31, 2012  

Exactly! People are such haters and are jealous. She’s an AMAZING artist and Performer. SHe will be a great choice this year as a judge. Ratings will be high.

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cin

Posted at 3:26 PM on January 18, 2013  

only reason for hi rateings is the drama shes good at what she does but idel’s not it

 
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chelsea

Posted at 11:58 AM on August 31, 2012  

Stopped watching when Jlo and Tyler joined Idol, they have gotten way off base, and adding N.M. to this years idol when did she earn her keep as a long time top female artist in the industry. I don’t care if the new judges are rappers, country or opera singers or producers, just get some old school talent with big opinions and personalities for this season.

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Linda Messmer

Posted at 2:21 PM on September 5, 2012  

I stopped watching when Simon left, he may have been brutally honest but he got it right.
That show is ready to be canned.

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galey

Posted at 11:58 AM on August 31, 2012  

Nikki will lose a LOT of viewers – the few that are left! Mariah is right, it would be a freak show and a double freak show if Kanye is included. What they need to save the program is Adam Lambert!

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Alex

Posted at 2:14 PM on August 31, 2012  

Adam Lambert will be a horrible choice! He’s Gay!

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cin

Posted at 3:39 PM on January 18, 2013  

Alex, and gay changes what, why would he not be a good judge.Niki’s makeing this her show its all about her, clothes hair and drama

 
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Jan

Posted at 10:09 AM on August 31, 2012  

Well, that’s it for me….no more American Idol. No way am I going to watch these weirdo’s. Should have left a good thing alone.

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marie (@mariesnylife)

Posted at 9:04 AM on August 31, 2012  

I WOULDN’T WATCH THAT SATANIC LUCIFERIAN TRASH MINAJ UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. SCUM OF THE EARTH…….

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Alex

Posted at 2:22 PM on August 31, 2012  

I smell a haterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (Sigh) She isn’t Santanic. She raps.

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michelle

Posted at 7:41 PM on September 3, 2012  

amen brother

 
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