Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Randy Jackson Exiting “American Idol,” Mariah Announcement Next


Randy Jackson, as you know by now, is leaving “American Idol.” He lasted an amazing 12 seasons. Believe me, he will be missed. But the writing was on the wall, the ratings are in the toilet. Randy brought Mariah Carey into “Idol.” She should be outta there by Monday at the latest. Keith Urban can return to his successful recording career. Nicki Minaj can go back to doing whatever she does.

Tonight, Mariah will perform on “Idol.” And then she’ll launch her new album and single, a tour no doubt.



“Idol” will have to retool completely. It could be that Ryan Seacrest will leave, too. He, like Randy, Mariah and Keith, has plenty of projects on his plate. Will “Idol” ever regain its popularity? Not likely. The show does bring in more “eyes” every week than any other program. But it’s also stale. The producers will have a short time to make changes because the audition season will be upon them quickly.

Tomorrow will also bring to an end the weekly deathwatch for ratings. It was no fun seeing the numbers decline every week. But every show runs its course. “American Idol” had a great long run. It also produced a ton of actual stars from Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood to Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Clay Aiken, and so on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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