TMZ says Randy Jackson is off the judges panel but will stay on as a “mentor.”
Given that Jackson helped get his client Mariah Carey on the panel and that he is the last remaining original judge left, the producers feel he should remain at least another season in some capacity. Though I can’t quite see him doing a particularly good job mentoring with the very effective Jimmy Iovine, I guess it’s a relatively harmless spot for him to be in.
TMZ says the Nicki Minaj deal is close but still not quite done. I can’t imagine how complicated that contract must be!
And yes, “Idol” is going for four judges. Boo that. And TMZ says Diddy and Kanye West are not happening but a country artist is in the running.
Please, please, please, give us a judges panel soon. This speculation is so so tired.
- My wife Helen and I attended the Dragon*Con media party last night to briefly meet Lou Ferrigno. Ferrigno looks incredibly good at age 60. She grew up watching “Incredible Hulk” and recalls crying during the first episode as a young girl. She also praised him for his work on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Many of the celebrities under-estimated him and didn’t treat him particularly well. The only person he still stays in touch with on the show is Clay Aiken. Aiken, he said, should have won.
My wife looks awfully happy with Ferrigno, eh?
And here’s Taylor Hicks performing at the Republican National Convention last night. He reprised “Taking it to the Street,” which was a key performance that helped him win season five:
Jessica Sanchez will be joining the Democratic convention next week.
- Phillip Phillips, who will be in Atlanta tonight for a free concert at Centennial Olympic Park (6:30 p.m.), told WPLJ-FM in New York that his album won’t be ready until early next year. Winners in the past, for better or worse, have gotten their albums out no later than November to catch the Christmas crowd.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk