Original American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini's debut album has been
slated by the talent show's judge Randy Jackson.
Guarini released his eponymous album earlier this summer (03), but has
failed to win the acclaim or sales currently enjoyed by the contest's victor
And now Jackson, who judges the TV contest's singing hopefuls alongside
Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, has a few harsh words to say about Guarini's
In his music review column for America's SAVOY magazine, he writes, "Jus,
you know I'm here for you dawg, but I got to keep it real. I don't understand
this CD or the lack of great songs. This project was just a miss by all
"I don't think anyone knew what kind of record to make with American
Idol's second runner-up from the first season. It has no direction, purpose,
soul or hits. I am sure this is not quite what Justin would have wanted for his
Giving the album a modest five out of 10, he adds, "Everyone who had a
hand in this catastrophe, y'all really should rethink your jobs."