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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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31.

Italia    

Randy Jackson again? One more "dawg" and I gonna puke.
Nicki Minaj? You got to be kiddin me.
It looks like American Idol doesn't care WHO they get anymore.

687 days ago
32.

akire    

i've watched almost every episode since the first season. but if nicki minaj becomes a judge, i will never watch it again. what are they thinking?!

687 days ago
33.

Shellybean    

Forget what anyone says, Randy makes the show. White folks' love him, because he's the "safe", fun, happy black guy. Not too threatening. You know middle class, white america loves that. I say leave The Dog right on the judging panel. Now as far as that Black Barbie goes, I think that's a big mistake, but we shall see. She has a huge white teen & pre-teen following, so maybe there's hope.

Totally wishful thinking here: But I would trade everyone, even Randy The Dog, if AI would just bring Steven Tyler back. He's my obession, and I simply loved him on AI. Steven Tyler for POTUS!!!!!

687 days ago
34.

rodney    

Minaj is bat sh*t crazy...
These producers have no idea what they are setting themselves up for...

687 days ago
35.

Lynda Jones-owings    

Randy, you need to walk away from this show, it is going down fast. Don't let it sink you with it.

687 days ago
36.

Hank    

Randy is such a weak link - his comments have no import and no one takes him seriously. he is the luckiest man alive. And now there are two many black people on the who.

687 days ago
37.

LCS27    

This show will end, then the world will end in a nuclear explosion. Only the ****roaches will survive and then after some years all of them will die. But after all that, Randy Jackson, somehow, will remain a judge on American Idol.

687 days ago
38.

SusanCF    

This show has been a joke since Simon left. Randy should cut his losses and go work with Simon on the X-Factor!!!!

687 days ago
39.

Laura    

Yes, by all means hire Nicki Minaj--then we can be sure this will be Idol's last season. And Randy deserved more respect than Idol has shown him. He's the only one qualified to be a Judge.

687 days ago
40.

Pimpcessa    

Keith = HAWT!!!!!

687 days ago
41.

jen    

KEITH URBAN....RUN.....THIS SHOW IS SOOOO BENEATH YOU......PLEASE DON'T DO IT....

687 days ago
42.

obama'saracist    

what kind of moron still watches this sht,its fake the producers choose who wins and when

687 days ago
43.

Chase    

So, basically AI producers to Randy Jackson, "We can't get anyone else in time. so we want you for one more year." clASSy!

687 days ago
44.

obama'saracist    

what kind of moron still watches this sht,its fake the producers choose who wins and when

687 days ago
45.

tamara    

I'm surprised they don't get Lindsay and Tara as judges to keep it going another season. and throw a Ktrashian in there (oh, that's right, they might).
They know these shows are on their way out because they made to many of them and for too long.

687 days ago
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