Randy Jackson to Mentor American Idol Contestants in 2014 Season

Randy Jackson of American Idol

by Erica Love  

Randy Jackson may have resigned from his job as a judge, but he will be part of some interesting and exciting new twists on the new season of American Idol. According to FOX, Jackson has stepped into a new role where he will mentor contestants on the show.

Jackson was a longtime judge and has been a part of the American Idol vocal talent competition since its inception in 2002. He announced he was leaving the show at the end of the last season. However, he will still be vitally influential to the contestants, albeit in a different capacity.

“There’s a new role for Randy this year, it’s a sort of Randy Jackson workshop,” says Idol executive producer Trish Kinane. Randy is going to be hosting a new round that will represent a two-day workshop between the contenders and Jackson, “where the kids who got through to the live show have an education, if you like, in song choices, personal style and other things … where they can discover things about themselves.”

Jackson is replacing Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine, who left the show due to some internal issues that also influenced the resignations of judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, as well as executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick.

Randy Jackson and Jimmy Iovine American Idol Season 13 Auditions
Randy Jackson and Jimmy Iovine American Idol Season 13 Auditions
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Randy Jackson is more than qualified to mold the promising young musicians who come through the American Idol competition. While Jackson is most well-known for being an American Idol judge, Jackson has recorded, produced, or toured with many well-known artists and bands, ranging from Mariah Carey to ‘N Sync, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, and Madonna.

During the Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala Dinner in New York City, Randy Jackson expressed his excitement about his new role, and his feelings about the 2014 season of American Idol: “I’ve moved to the higher court now.”

Jackson also expressed his support for and confidence in returning judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, and a brand new judge, Harry Connick Jr. “I know them all very, very well,” Jackson said. “They’re all amazing people, great in their own right, very credible, really cool, funny.”

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