Quote: "She sounded amazing and looked amazing... I don't know if it was backing track or not; it was hard to tell. I think sometimes, when you're singing in big stadiums, the echo is so crazy, it's like singing in the Grand Canyon... It sounded like, for me... she was definitely singing." Veteran session musician and American Idol judge Randy Jackson disputes claims suggesting Beyonce lip-synced when she performed the U.S. National Anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on Monday (21Jan13).
The contracts are all signed and sealed. Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson will serve as judges on American Idol when the next season of the top-rated talent contest begins in January. Minaj and Urban's addition to the judging panel was officially announced early Sunday. In a statement, Mike Darnell, president of Fox's alternative entertainment division, said, Nicki's an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol -- he's one of the biggest stars in country music, and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him. Each of the panelists will be paid an estimated $14-18 million per season.
Quote: "Steven and Jennifer are truly two of the most talented and consummate professionals I've worked with. I was friends with them before we hopped on this crazy journey together and I have no doubt our friendships will continue long after. I will love them for life." Randy Jackson reacts to news that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are leaving the American Idol panel, leaving him the only remaining judge until replacements are announced.
Quote: "She would definitely get a strong, solid seven (out of 10). A seven's really good. She doesn't have the biggest voice in the world, but she can sing. It's the package - look at Britney (Spears), Ke$ha, (Lady) Gaga, they're not like my girl Mariah Carey." American Idol star Randy Jackson might have some explaining to do after questioning fellow judge Jennifer Lopez's star credentials during an appearance on late-night chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (18Jan11).
Quote: "I got a call that they were actually looking for Randy Jackson, my brother, and somehow they called up RANDY JACKSON, the record executive." TITO JACKSON is convinced American Idol bosses went after the wrong Randy when they were calling up judges for the hit TV talent show.
Fact: Beyonce Knowles is challenging dance crews to perform a series of her hit songs in a U.S. TV competition for a $100,000 (£66,670) prize. The Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) singer will appear in taped personal messages to dancers on a 16 August (09) episode of MTV's [Randy Jackson'S AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW], revealing instructions for dance challenges as they fight for the winning spot.
Fact: American Idol star Randy Jackson landed his first big break when he was asked to play bass for JUDY IN DISGUISE hitmakers JOHN FRED & THE PLAYBOYS in the mid-1970s. The talent show judge also played for jazz fusion star BILLY COBHAM and rockers Journey. He boasts he's either played on, written for or produced between 800 and 1,000 albums.
Fact: American Idol judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson will be joined on stage by Grammy-nominated songwriter KARA DIOGUARDI next year (09) when she joins the reality TV talent show's cast as its fourth judge. DioGuardi has penned tunes for stars including Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Celine Dion.
Fact: American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and the show's host Ryan Seacrest have donated their salary's for the U.S. talent show's IDOL GIVES BACK charity fundraiser, which airs on Wednesday (09Apr08), to charity.
Fact: <p>American Idol judge Randy Jackson returned to his live musical roots at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06) - he played bass for Mariah Carey and also contributed to the night's Sly Stone tribute. </p>
Fact: <p>American Idol judge Randy Jackson returned to his live musical roots at the Grammy Awards last night (08JAN06) - he played bass for Mariah Carey and also contributed to the night's Sly Stone tribute. </p>
Fact: <p>Gloria Estefan and American Idol judge Randy Jackson will be among the music stars marching on Washington, DC's Capitol Hill to discuss music's cultural significance with politicians as part of the first Recording Arts Day. </p>