We just heard that Steven Tyler has quit American Idol, Jennifer Lopez may not be returning and now we are hearing that Randy Jackson may step down from the judges table to mentor the contestants.
a source tells Us Weekly that Tyler and Lopez’s fellow judge Randy Jackson is also making a big move — with plans to leave the judges’ panel but remain involved with a mentoring role on the show.
“[Show producers] think they need to freshen everything up now,” the source explains.
One very likely new judge? Mariah Carey, whose manager is Jackson himself, and who could fill a similar judge’s role assumed by fellow superstar Lopez, 42.
“They are in serious talks with Mariah and it’s very close to being a done deal,” the source says. “And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role.”
The insider added that show producers are scrambling to fill the other two slots alongside Carey; other celebs who have been considered to sit at the judges’ table include Fergie and Adam Lambert.