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Jimmy Iovine Out Of ‘America Idol’, Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: The sweeping changes on Fox’s American Idol continue.

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Jimmy Iovine Out Of ‘American Idol’, Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 9:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

American Idol: Jimmy Iovine Out, Randy Jackson To Replace Him As In-House MentorEXCLUSIVE: The sweeping changes on Fox’s American Idol continue. I’ve learned that top music producer Jimmy Iovine is leaving the talent competition series, where he served as an in-house mentor for the past three seasons. I hear he will likely be replaced by former Idol judge Randy Jackson. Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, joined Idol in Season 10, the first without original judge Simon Cowell. With his music executive/producer experience and no-nonsense attitude, Iovine was tapped to fill the void left by the acerbic British music executive. His Interscope Geffen A&M also took over from Cowell’s label in handling the albums of the Idol finalists. While Idol has ended its relationship with Iovine, the show may not be left without a top music producer evaluating the contestants as Dr. Luke has been in talks for the last vacant seat on the judging panel, joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.

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UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest Jokes On-Air With Randy Jackson About His ‘American Idol’ Departure

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 5:25pm PDT

UPDATE, 5:25 PM: Ryan Seacrest tonight opened American Idol with an acknowledgment of Randy Jackson’s announcement today that he was leaving the show after 12 seasons. The host told viewers on Thursday’s live results show that there … Read More »

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Randy Jackson Closes Deal To Return To ‘American Idol’ As Judge

By | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 9:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

You can never count a dawg out. After months of speculation that Randy Jackson, the last remaining original American Idol judge, may be relegated to a smaller role on the show next season, in a last-minute move, … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Judging Panel Takes Shape

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 1:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

According to industry insiders, Fox appears to have settled on a quartet of judges for the upcoming 12th season of American Idol with not a moment to spare as taped auditions are eyed to begin as early … Read More »

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Brillstein Entertainment Signs ‘American Idol’s Randy Jackson

Nellie Andreeva

Randy Jackson Brillstein EntertainmentEXCLUSIVE: American Idol judge Randy Jackson has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, where Marc Gurvitz and Jon Liebman will manage him and his Dream Merchant 21 and Randy Jackson Prods. for future film and television … Read More »

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‘American Idol’s’ Randy Jackson Sells Siblings Show To MTV

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:40pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Randy Jackson has sold a siblings singing competition show to MTV. Basing itself off groups with siblings like the Jackson 5, the Beach Boys, Hanson and The Jonas Brother, the untitled series will feature groups with siblings in them competing against each other. The Jackson-produced show, which is early stages of development, is getting ready to start casting and looking for family bands and groups, a source said. The American Idol judge’s Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment has partnered on the project with DiGA, the production company of former top MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gately, which is backed by Ben Silverman’s Electus. The sibling series expands Jackson’s relationship with MTV, where he executive produces America’s Best Dance Crew, currently in its seventh season. Read More »

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VH1 Greenlights Two Reality Series

By | Monday October 10, 2011 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

VH1 has picked up two reality series: Aptitude Test, from American Idol‘s Randy Jackson, and House of Consignment, starring Chicago fashion entrepreneur Corri McFadden. The hourlong Aptitude Test, from Jackson and Shed Media, will premiere next year. In every episode, … Read More »

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Fox To Announce ‘Idol’ Judges Wednesday

Nellie Andreeva

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will unveil the new panel of judges for the Fox reality show on Wednesday, September 22nd, at the Forum, the network said. With so much speculation about Idol‘s judges all summer, there is not much suspense left for what is expected to be an official … Read More »

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Fox Confirms Kara DioGuardi Exits ‘Idol’

Nellie Andreeva

Fox just issued a statement confirming that Kara DioGuardi won’t be returning to American Idol next season. News comes as Jennifer Lopez is finalizing a deal to join the Fox series and amid speculation that Idol might be reverting to the original three-judge format. Also closing in on a deal for the reality series is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. And executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said last weekend he’s still trying to land Elton John. So Randy Jackson will be the only returning panelist  after Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and now DioGuardi have gone. Read More »

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EMMY SPOILERS: Big Opening Dance Number Features Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Chris Colfer & Jane Lynch

Here’s my 2nd spoiler about Sunday night’s Emmys broadcast and it’s a juicy one: According to my source inside the Nokia Theatre today, the big opening number features host Jimmy Fallon coming out alone with an electric guitar and singing/playing “Born to Run.” Then … Read More »

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