Iglesias Out, Jackson In

The drama continues surrounding the judges panel for season 12 of American Idol. While still no official word from anyone important it seems Enrique Iglesias is out and Randy Jackson is back at the table.

The game of musical chairs at American Idol continues, with Fox pulling the plug on negotiations with Enrique Iglesias to fill a judge’s seat, according to a source close to the show.

Iglesias had been eyed as a possible fourth judge, joining the already-announced Mariah Carey, as well as Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, both of whom are said to be wrapping up deals to join the show’s 12th season. Randy Jackson, a judge since the show’s 2002 debut, was said to be moving to a mentor role on the show.

But now Fox, producers Fremantle Media and 19 Entertainment are said to have abandoned that scenario in favor of returning Jackson to the judge’s panel. It’s not clear what derailed the Iglesias plan, though money is always an issue with talent show judges.

Source : The Hollywood Reporter & Simon Cowell