Randy Jackson, the only original judge left, all but substantiated the reports when he announced moments ago his intention to leave the show when the 12th season wraps up tonight.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season,” Jackson said via statement released by his representative.
Fox executives are apparently none too happy with the show’s continued ratings slide and feel a whole new panel may help salvage what is left of the ‘Idol’ brand.
It appears, just as I predicted when they foolishly added Nicki Minaj to the panel, that the show’s dive in ratings could not simply be reversed by bringing in new judges. If anything, all the big name/big salary celebs are hurting what the core purpose of the show is supposed to be about… to find an American Idol.
Instead, ‘Idol’ has become all about the judges and no season displayed that more than the one in progress now. This season has been all about Mariah, Nicki and their childish feud. Regardless of who started it, ‘Idol’ producers should have had the balls to end it early on. I think they thought the feud would help ratings, but now that it has done just the opposite, they are looking to rid themselves of everyone, including Randy and Keith, who in my opinion have done their jobs honorably.
If ‘Idol’ really wants to reclaim their throne, for the love of all that is holy, please bring on Aretha Franklin. She’s not young, hip, hot or sexy, but she will tell it like it tis and bring back some much needed authenticity to the show.
No, ‘Idols’ slide in the ratings won’t be reversed with Aretha or any one judge, but with the right LOW KEY panel and the focus put back on the contestants, they can at least continue to compete with ‘The Voice,’ which is quickly becoming what ‘Idol’ used to be… a hit.