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Randy Jackson

Gets Reprieve

on 'American Idol'

9/11/2012 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Randy Jackson is staying at the judge's table on "American Idol" ... after negotiations with Enrique Iglesias fizzled out.

Sources tell TMZ ... Jackson is very close to signing his deal ... after producers initially tried to move the dawg away from the judge's table and use him as a "mentor." We're told Jackson wasn't too pleased with those plans.

But now, with Iglesias seemingly out of the picture ... and auditions starting in a just a few days ... producers need to get a famous ass in the seat ... and they know Jackson can get the job done.

As for the other 3 seats -- Mariah Carey is already locked in ... and sources tell us negotiations with Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj could be finalized any minute.

Clock's ticking ... auditions for the 12th installment of the show begin in less than two weeks.

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1.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Randy, my man, you really should step back and walk away. You're the only person who actually has the background for this kind of thing and the show has jumped the shark and become more ridiculous by the season when they started making the worst auditions part of the show. Don't let it take you down with it.

685 days ago
2.

stu    

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
That DOG should have been put in a den a long time ago!
Like there's no other talent looking to make 18mil?
U svck sexxxxy Enrique.

685 days ago
3.

nate    

Can we please remove this dumpster fire from pop culture. Enough of the karaoke already.

685 days ago
4.

sidithers    

Nicki Barfnaj judging talent
Isnt it Ironic,don't ya think

685 days ago
5.

themare    

AI used to be about finding new talent. People started leaving in droves when it became, "The JLo Show". The producers still don't get it. People liked AI when it was about the contestants. Nobody cares about the judges.

685 days ago
6.

janet    

This show is like beating a dead horse.

685 days ago
7.

kp    

Doesn't matter - this show jumped the shark and needs to die with dignity.

685 days ago
8.

DaveT    

Billy Idol, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Anna Nalick

685 days ago
9.

Observer999    

I like Randy, but if there were three white judges, there'd be cries of racism and protests.

685 days ago
10.

really! really?    

Dawg is too classy to be around the likes of NM and MC. AI will only bring him down at this point. RJ truly has the best interests of the contestants in mind, IMO, but the same can't be said for skank 1 and diva 2.

685 days ago
11.

Lauren     

Its official! We wont be watching in our house this season.

685 days ago
12.

Kelly    

New judges = worst cast in the history of audition shows.

685 days ago
13.

Logan R    

Who still watches this show other than the friends and families of the contestants?

685 days ago
14.

gamepro    

ill watch the first episode to see if i can bare it with the new judges and i only might be able to because randy jackson is still judging but i hope they really judge good and get someone with good talent

685 days ago
15.

lbs    

If they $ Tyler/J~Lo $, he better take that $...When will he ever get Big $, in clump$, anywhere close like this again? "TIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF!"

685 days ago
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