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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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46.

jimi    

lucky him ???

736 days ago
47.

pattycake    

Still unwatchable.

736 days ago
48.

oleman    

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

736 days ago
49.

Proud2bBlack    

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!

736 days ago
50.

myopinion    

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

736 days ago
51.

Wtfsmh    

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?

736 days ago
52.

nick    

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

736 days ago
53.

Rocco    

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

736 days ago
54.

JW    

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.

736 days ago
55.

kim    

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.

736 days ago
56.

MsSharon1031    

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.

736 days ago
57.

joe gillis    

where's dr murray when you need him ?

736 days ago
58.

nof    

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...

736 days ago
59.

xx.alyssa.xx    

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

736 days ago
60.

tricia    

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.

736 days ago
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