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Randy Jackson

Gets Reprieve

on 'American Idol'

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

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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lucky him ???

775 days ago


Still unwatchable.

775 days ago


does e really care? Can anyone name a winner? This show is so "yesterday"....also "DWTS", another show that should be booted!!!!

775 days ago


Run Randy, save your name sake. I stopped watching American Idol 3 years ago. That wanna be artist Nicki isn't going to save the show Nah Nah Nah, Nah, Nah Nah Nah Nah Hey aaaaa goodbye!

775 days ago


NO!!! Nicki Minaj I will not watch! She is trash!

775 days ago


I haven't watched this crap in bout three years... Jlo and the other white old rocker were horrible judges, now Nikki fake Barbie and who else, Mariah was a great choice but Nikki's minaj ? Really?

775 days ago


Sorry but this line up blows! Nobody I want too hear is on here and nicky really really thats the best they could think of now its like clowns and the Micky Mouse Club now ZzzzzzzzzzzzZzzzzz So wil not be watching

775 days ago


Thank God for the remote control. It is the best reprieve against American Idol. And X Factor, and all the other crappy singing contests.

775 days ago


I think it was a VERY SMART move to keep Randy on the show, they were FOOLS to try to replace him. Ergo, Randy take them to the cleaners in your contract negotiations, you deserve it. For AI as a whole, they've jumped the shark, it's over, stick a fork in it, the fat lady has sung. How many ways does FOX need to hear it. There is a difference between being No 1, and No 1 with NO DIGNITY.

775 days ago


I hope Randy gets back on the show, Welcome Mariah, even though I feel her Ego is going to be a Big factor. But Please Please no N M, just the sound of her voice makes me want to be deaf.

775 days ago


Just looking at that picture of the alleged four judges is almost nauseating. Not a good looking one in that mix and none of these four will bring any excitement to the show especially NM who is nothing less than a cartoon character.

775 days ago

joe gillis    

where's dr murray when you need him ?

775 days ago


He's the show's MVP.

AI and FOX did a great job bringing RJ back.

This isn't Steven Tyler -

Randy is a dude ... that actually EARNS his moneyz...

775 days ago


Ok.. the show has run its course already. 12 seasons and now they cant get judges. just shut it down.

775 days ago


They are ruining American Idol, my favorite show. over inflated diva, wacky NM. It would have made more sense to put Jimmy,last years mentor on.It is looking like a train wreck but I am hoping it works.

775 days ago
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