The revolving door at Fox’s “American Idol” continues. With the return of former judge Jennifer Lopez already confirmed, now comes the news that longtime alum Randy Jackson will likely be back as well, despite the fact that he announced his retirement from the show at the end of last season, saying he was ready to focus on new business ventures.
According to an August 22 report by Deadline, the show’s top Dawg is in serious talks to replace music producer Jimmy Iovine as the show’s mentor. The Interscope founder advised “American Idol” contestants for the past three seasons, providing the sharp-tongued critiques that the show has lacked since Simon Cowell’s departure at the end of Season 9.
At last month’s Television Critics Association panel, Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters Jackson would be back in a guest capacity next season. “He is a friend of show, and certainly guests spots (are real possibility),” he said.
In an interview posted by Splash News shortly after Jackson announced his departure from the show, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest said,” I can’t imagine walking out, down those stairs, and not seeing Randolph Jackson sitting behind the panel.”
Now it sounds like he may not have to.