Long time Idol judge Randy Jackson has announced that he is not returning to the next season of the American Idol. Jackson made a statement via E! News. Read below.
American Idol 2013 will kick off with a four-hour premiere week beginning Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday January 17.
“FOX is announcing winter premiere dates for new and returning series, including as previously announced the two-night season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL and the debut of THE FOLLOWING, new psychological thriller premieres January 21.”
The American Idol Season 12 new judges has been announced! Rapper Nicki Minaj and Australian country singer Keith Urban are now confirmed joining the roster of ‘American Idol’ judges Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson, Fox announced in a news release on Sunday, September 16, 2012.
The new judges filled up the seats of Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith vocal Steven Tyler. The two left the show at the end of last season, after judging for two seasons.
Press release from FOX.
“I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and IDOL’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to IDOL — he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him,” said Mike Darnell, president of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in the news release. “With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”
Auditions for the next season will take place in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Antonio, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City. The show is scheduled to return in January 2013.
Pop star Jennifer Lopez confirmed that she will quit America’s singing contest American Idol on ‘On Air With Ryan Seacrest‘ morning radio show Friday.
“I just don’t feel like I can be there every single day all the time like I have been for the past two years. I feel like I have to do other things,” Lopez told Seacrest during the interview in Los Angeles.
“You know, I really was dreading this phone call with you… Of all the people I’ve spoken to, I have no problem just not saying anything to anybody, but with you… I dread a conversation like this, and you’re gonna make me cry. I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things I love to do that I’ve kind of put on hold because I love Idol so much… I could just keep doing Idol for the rest of my life, but that would be giving up a bunch of other things… I just feel like we had an amazing run.”
Lopez also said that she’s reluctant to leave the show because “fell so in love with the show, everybody there [and] didn’t know [she]’d be so moved by the show, working with the contestants.”
She did promise that this may not be the last time she’ll grace the screen for Idol, telling Ryan, “I feel like no matter what you guys need over there, I’ll always be here. I feel like if you call me and say, ‘We need you to come in for the first show’ I’ll be there… I just don’t feel like I can be there for every show.”
Yesterday, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler has decided to leave as judge of American Idol.
What about Randy Jackson? Reports that Mariah Carey is potentially inline to replace him?