This whole American Idol judges panel thing is going completely bananas. Will Mariah Carey stick around if Nicki Minaj gets a spot? And how about all those rumors about who the producers were considering — Kanye West, Alanis Morissette, Keith Urban? An important premise to note with all of this, is that no one was really sure whether mainstay Randy Jackson was going to come back at all this season. That’s why a major shuffle is happening, what with Jennifer Lopez also saying adios to the show. TMZ is now reporting that Randy’s exit as a judge is final. But he’s not leaving the show altogether, because sources say that he’s staying on as a mentor, even though some AI head honchos feel like it may not be the best idea. Basically, and we’re paraphrasing in our language, a mentor saying “Yo dawg … know what I’m saying” every five seconds may not be the advice that contestants need. But, Randy’s been on the show forever and they need him around in whatever capacity, so looks like this mentor thing is going to stick. The same sources claim that Kanye and P.Diddy are totally off the table too. We’ll tell you more as soon as we hear news.
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