Randy Jackson Officially an "American Idol" Judge Again

September 11, 2012 By:
Randy Jackson Officially an

Dawg is back in the house.

In the rather unsurprising news, Randy Jackson has officially signed a deal to return to the judges panel of "American Idol" allowing all of us to ease ourselves off the edge of the seats that we were never actually on.

Now we can finally see once and for all how BFF-y his relationship with Mariah Carey truly is, since he's been name dropping her all eleven seasons.

This all comes following reports that Randy was actually retiring from handing out golden “You’re going to Hollywood!” tickets at auditions nationwide, but apparently negotiations with singer Enrique Iglesias never transpired.

Guess Randy was on a pretty tight leash there…

However, Randy won’t be crawling all the way through the doggie door to the judges’ table that is "AI". There is a slight change.

Randy has been reassigned to a “mentor role”— something similar to the one producer Jimmy Iovine held last season?—freeing up more space on the actual panel for rumored judges Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

It’s all in an effort to shake up and generate buzz for the twelfth season of the TV ratings heavyweight as it competes with the celebrity fueled judges’ panels of the NBC’s "The Voice" and FOX’s "The X-Factor."

Overall, it’s probably a good decision. All this attention spent on celeb judges for every single one of these reality TV singing competition shows has entirely shifted the focus from the singing to the judging. Randy’s presence can at least serve as a reminder to audiences of the original judging team—Randy, Paula, and Simon—that started the entire formula.

Tweeting of, one of those former co-judges, Simon Cowell, showed his approval of the decision today: