Randy Jackson ‘American Idol’ judge no more, Nicki Minaj likely to replace him, reports say

By on Sep 1, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Television, United States Comments

Updated: September 16, 2012 11:40 p.m.

Read American Idol panel of judges now complete, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson is reportedly to leave his role at “American Idol” as judge, following the earlier departure announcements of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Mariah Carey confirmed earlier that she will be joining the show next season, with auditions still on-going.

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Randy Jackson, attending an ‘American Idol’ party
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According to TMZ on Friday, August 31, 2012, they learned that Randy Jackson will not anymore be among the “American Idol” judges, but will be a “mentor” instead, and that sources told them that Nicki Minaj may replace him, as her deal is already “99% complete” but not yet sure.

As noted in the report, sure to replace him, sources also told them that “there’s some concern among the brass that Jackson is not well-suited for the mentor role … but they feel they need him because he’s the glue that helps keep the show together.”

Back in July, Fox Broadcasting announced during the Television Critics Association press tour that day that Mariah Carey is now among the new American Idol panel of judges. The pop diva reportedly signed a deal worth $18 million, thus becoming the highest paid judge in reality TV competition show.

Among those being reported to be included in the selection of Fox to be a judge at “American Idol Season 12” are Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias, and Brad Paisley. Sean “Diddy” Combs and Kanye West were also considered but were later ruled out.

Meanwhile, “American Idol” is being poised to have a fourth judge again but there are no choices yet, while show producers are now being rumored to get a country music singer for the third judge. Fox has not issued a formal statement on the status of Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj, as of this writing.

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