Randy Jackson Promises “Interesting Wrinkles” for Ninth Season of “American Idol”

January 8th, 2010 by Erica Futterman Leave a reply »

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Randy Jackson predicts America has an “interesting, funny, different season” in store when the ninth cycle of American Idol kicks off next Tuesday on Fox. In a press conference earlier today Jackson assured reporters “this season we have some really good, bona fide, stand-in-your-shoes singers without all the props or all the affectations.”

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Permanent fourth judge Ellen DeGeneres won’t make her debut until Hollywood Week starts February 9th (the episodes are being taped next week), but a host of guest judges — Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Kristin Chenowith, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry — will fill the spot vacated by Paula Abdul for the preliminary audition rounds. “What I like about the guest judges is that they all come from a singing/live performance background, so they know what it’s like,” Jackson says.

He recalls Mary J. Blige invoking a bit of a “fear factor” during the Atlanta tryouts by being a real “stand-in-your-shoes” singer. “What people don’t expect is that these artists who have huge pop careers will really know what they’re talking about, but if you spoke to a Lady Gaga or you watch Katy or Avril, you realize their success is based on them knowing what they’re doing.”

Jackson did remember looking down the judges’ table and wondering, “Wait a minute, where’s Paula? I’ll expect to hear something from her in my left ear and I go, ‘Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound like Paula!’ ” he says with a laugh. “It’s going to take a little getting used to [not having her there] — the whole thing started with me, Ryan [Seacrest], Simon [Cow...

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