Randy Jackson Steps Down As ‘American Idol’ Judge
Randy Jackson, the American Idol judge, has decided that this season will be his last on the panel of the singing competition. Jackson, who is now in his twelfth season with Idol, was the last remaining original judge; Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul both left in prior seasons.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” he told the EW. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”
Rumors about the fate of the American Idol judges have been circulating, with many suggesting that all four of the current judges would be replaced for Idol’s 13th season. The current season has seen the show receive its lowest ratings and harshest criticism since its inception, due in large part to the numerous talent competition shows that have emerged over the last several years.
One of American Idol’s biggest market competitors is NBC’s The Voice. While the refreshing format certainly has something to do with its growing popularity, the charismatic judges are likely another cause. Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton have served to elevate the show to a 5.2 rating on Mondays and a 4.7 rating on Tuesdays.
While Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey’s feud built anticipation prior to the start of the season, when televised, it failed to entertain. Jackson, the show’s constant on the judging panel, may have outstayed his welcome and said “Yo, dawg” one too many times. Keith Urban, the most innocuous of the bunch, reportedly won’t be spared either.
There have been no announcements regarding who will fill the judges' seats for American Idol's 13th season.
American Idol’s finale performances will air Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c.