‘American Idol’ season 12: Randy Jackson reportedly out as judge

After months of rumors surrounding his future on “American Idol,” it now looks like Randy Jackson is going to be officially out of the judging panel after spending 11 seasons dishing out advice, saying the word “dawg” past its prime, and wearing ridiculous outfits that lead us to believe that it is still Halloween.

According to TMZ, Randy is going to be shifting over to a brand-new position as an in-house mentor for the contestants, which is something that does make us question the future of someone else in Jimmy Iovine. It’s possible that the Interscope head is interested in taking a more behind-the-scenes role, as he has already shown some discomfort with being a figure on live television versus someone who gives singers advice on how to best carve a career for themselves in the industry.

So who is for sure on the current panel? Mariah Carey is the only person who has been officially named, and Nicki Minaj’s deal is close to done. Reports are that there is indeed a four-person panel being crafted, and we know that Keith Urban is a favorite for one spot (though it could end up going to another country artist) while the fourth and final position is a wild card. Who do we want to see fill it? Adam Lambert — and we’ll explain more why in an editorial piece a little bit later in the day. (A teaser: there are multiple reasons why the show needs to make this happen.)

At one point in time, Randy was actually a pretty good judge — but even since the installation of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, many of his critiques have grown stale, and he also just doesn’t seem to have the same sort of fun he once had. With all this in mind, a change is probably the best for him.

Do you think that Randy shifting positions is the right move for both him and the show? If you want to check out who is officially returning for the new season, be sure to head on over to this link.

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