There’s more progress on the “American Idol” front after last season’s bloodbath on the judges’ panel.
It appears as if Randy Jackson may not be leaving “American Idol” after all, according to a new report from Deadline.com.
Jackson is poised to stay on board the Fox singing competition — but in a different role, as Fox President Kevin Reilly hinted last month at the Television Critics Association Press Tour when he teased that Jackson could be back “in some capacity.”
Jackson is now likely to appear as the singers’ mentor — replacing music producer Jimmy Iovine, who is now leaving the show.
Iovine joined “Idol” in Season 10 and has served as the show’s in-house mentor for the past three seasons. Jackson had announced in May his plans to depart the show after 12 seasons.
Keeping the original Dawg in the “Idol” house makes sense, especially since another familiar face is reportedly set to return next season (which premieres in January).
Jennifer Lopez, who appeared as a judge in 2011 and 2012, is expected to be back behind the judges’ table for Season 13, alongside returning Season 12 judge Keith Urban, according to multiple reports. An official announcement on Lopez is expected this week, according to the Associated Press.
That would leave one judges’ spot left to fill for the third seat on the panel, and the latest name swirling in the rumor mill is American songwriter and record producer Dr. Luke.