Randy Jackson will indeed be joining his 'bestie' Mariah Carey on American Idol's judging panel. Will Randy Jackson be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban?
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Despite earlier reports that Randy Jackson would be hanging up his judging cap, insiders (and Simon Cowell's Twitter feed) are now claiming that Randy Jackson will in fact join Mariah Carey on the judging panel for the 12th season of American Idol.
Why the sudden turn of events – aside from a desperate attempt to create drama and generate buzz in the off-season? Obviously producers recognized Mr. Jackson's unwavering devotion to the show, his innumerable contributions to the juggernaut that has defined a generation, his ability to astutely and succinctly provide priceless industry advice to fledgling artists, his . . wait, what's that? Randy Jackson was a last minute fill-in after negotiations with Enrique Iglesias collapsed due to his demands for an eight-figure salary?
Well, it's great that Mr. Jackson is shrewd enough to not let his pride get in the way of another lucrative year on the judging panel. You can't teach an old dawg new tricks after all . . .