Idol Drama: Enrique Iglesias OUT, Randy Jackon BACK IN! [Report]

Just when you thought that the judges panel on next year’s American Idol is already a done deal, a new report from The Hollywood Reporter says that FOX stops negotiations with Enrique Iglesias and Idol last original judge Randy Jackson has been brought back in.

The game of musical chairs at American Idol continues, with Fox pulling the plug on negotiations with Enrique Iglesias to fill a judge’s seat, according to a source close to the show.

Iglesias had been eyed as a possible fourth judge, joining the already announced Mariah Carey as well as Nicki Minaj andKeith Urban, both of whom are said to be wrapping up deals to join the show’s 12th season. Randy Jackson, a judge since the show’s 2002 debut, was said to be moving to a mentor role on the show.

But now Fox, producers FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment are said to have abandoned that scenario in favor of returning Jackson to the judges panel. It’s not clear what derailed the Iglesias plan, though money always is an issue with talent show judges. The current plan, according to the source, is to announce an Idol judges panel of Carey, Minaj, Urban and Jackson in time for the show’s on-site auditions, which will start by the end of September.

How many lives does Jackson have?  And he’s not even a cat, he’s a DAWG?!


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