Ellen: Randy Jackson American Idol
For 12 seasons, Randy “Dawg” Jackson has been on the judges panel for American Idol. He’s outlasted Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. He told Ellen about the strengths of this year’s batch of singers and how the judges dynamic is holding up, with the Mariah/Minaj cat fight.
Ellen: Grammys Photobomb
Ellen loved her photobombed photo of Portia with Kelly Clarkson. She found another gem of a photo where she was kissing Ryan Seacrest on the cheek and Randy Jackson popped up in the background.
Ellen: American Idol Mariah/Minaj Cat Fight
Jackson thinks the girls are the strongest this season. He wouldn’t name his favorite, but he is keeping his eye on one singer in particular. Ellen really likes Amber and thinks she is a star.
Aside from talent, the most talked about thing on Idol this year is the judges dynamic. It’s the first year with Jackson, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Jackson said that people don’t often remember Paula storming off the first time Simon criticized a contestant, but they are all over the Mariah/Minaj cat fight. It will make live shows interesting for sure. There is no editing and what you see is what you get. Jackson is excited.
He said he can tell when what he says isn’t popular with Nicki. He can feel her eyes rolling beside him before he even opens his mouth. He said it’s really all about entertaining and having fun.
Ellen: American Idol Pop Star Vs Artist
Jackson told Ellen there is a big difference between an artist and a popstar. An artist is in the business for the long haul, while a pop star just has one song. An artist is someone like Kelly Clarkson, who won the first season of Idol and keeps on winning for her music. People will go to see an artist no matter where they are at because you love what they do.
He said that the Idol judges are all artists, they are just different types of artists. It’s hard to be around for a long time. Mariah has an image and Nicki has a very different image and Keith is his own as well. Jackson said he loves them all and they all need to be who they are for Idol to be a success.
Ellen: Randy Jackson Gifts
Ellen noticed that Randy Jackson has been wearing a lot of blazers this season. She gifted him a Randy/Ellen blazer with her face dotting the powder blue liner and his name on the lapel. She also had a large “E” bling for him to wear on Idol.
American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.