Is Randy Jackson the new Simon on 'Idol'?
March 3rd, 2011
07:25 PM ET

Is Randy Jackson the new Simon on 'Idol'?

Is there a new Simon Cowell on the "Idol" block?

Lots was made of the fact that Season 10 would be missing our favorite British bad boy in his role as the judge who willing to tell the truth even if the audience disagreed.

Well, at least for one night, judge Randy Jackson appears to have picked up that gauntlet. During Wednesday night's performances by the Top 12 girls, Jackson was the only one who didn't find the vast majority of the contestants "amazing."

Right out the gate, Jackson didn't love first contestant Ta-Tynisa Wilson's rendition of Rihanna's "Only Girl." While judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez loved it, Jackson took a different stance – something he said he senses will happen a lot this season.

"I kind of differ from them, I think that it was just ok," Jackson said as the audience booed.  "I thought that you didn't bring anything special or different to it. It paled in comparison to Rihanna's."

Ditto with Naima Adedapo, whose version of "Summertime" Jackson found too "lounge-y." Jackson held firm with his critical analysis of other contestants when he felt it just wasn't hot enough.

This season, Jackson is sitting in Cowell's chair as anchor and the judge who often has the final word. But might he be filling Cowell's chair in sharp (albeit often honest) critiques as well?


soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. eisette

    Randy has the right to his opinion. However, his critiques are boring and not particularly constructive, his vocabulary is poor, and he has not found a way to address people so they listen to him. When he likes the performance he is unable to articulate his feelings into words. Moreover, he does not imptrove from season to season , he is probably limited in his capacity for improvement!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aerin

    Obviously, Steven Tyler is the new Paula, and Jennifer Lopez is the new Randy, so Randy pretty much has to be the new Simon - someone's gotta do it! Actually, they're all too soft on the contestants, but I'm glad to see that Randy has stepped up to try to keep it real.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Randys hot pants

    Randy is too busy trying to get into J-Lo pants to judge anything. He STINKS as a judge.

    March 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emily

    I like that Randy does tell it like it is, but I still don't think he's as harsh as Simon. Love his glasses style though: http://www.readingglassesshopper.com/blog/2011/03/american-idol-eyeglasses/

    March 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sticky fingers

    American idol is the worst show ever and why is this show is still on the air let me guess the jews

    March 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve-O

    So far I've agreed with Randy's less than praising comments. They're totally warranted. He's got the 'ear' after 10 or whatever seasons sitting in the judge's chair on AI. But I do miss Cowell's scathing comments which normally don't involve the actual singing.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sally

    Jennifer and Steven are too nice and don't give enough constructive criticism. Someone has to, so it has to be Randy.
    The other two are so encouraging that every contestant is going to feel cheated when they get eliminated.

    March 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Susan

    Randy is doing a great job. I have turned Idol off at times wondering if Simon would ever leave so I could enjoy Idol.
    Jennifer and Steve are also great addition and I am not a fan of either. So who would have thought I would go back to Idol? The idea of show is the winner, but Randy does the better job of dismissal of contestant.

    March 4, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. nancy

    i gotta do number 2.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. nancy

    He is just a nancy boy.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. JD

    Randy, Jennifer & Steve are all doing a great job.

    March 4, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. nancy

    pitchy. it sounds pitchy to me.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kathy

    Randy has been pretty much spot on from the get go. I'm glad he tells it like it is. Not every performance is "beautiful" and not every "baby" has got what it takes.

    March 4, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. arnold ziffle

    Nowhere, Dog, I mean, really? Did you have to write a book, Dog? Just tell it true, Randy, if they suck, then send' em home, Dog!

    March 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kathleen

    Someone has to critique these contestants in order for them to improve and move up! Telling them that they are amazing each time does not help them step up their performanance, especially when they are sharp or flat which some of them were on Wednesday night.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlie68

      Well then, why did he finally start giving such harsh critiques just this year? In the past years, he's been wishy-washy and changing his mind anytime another judge disagreed with his own comments.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  16. John

    He has no choice. The other two are useless soft judges IMO, and I don't blame them. Tyler/Lopez are established celebs, they can't go around being the antagonists of AI. They have an image to protect. This is why I miss Simon, Paula not so much.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      I agree. Steven and JLo are soooo boring in their critiques. Everyone is Great. They don't want to rock the boat and alienate their fans. Big mistake choosing these 2 as judges.
      Thank goodness for Randy.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  17. Somertime

    Go Randy...say the true will worth positive to the contestant rather than creating expectation...

    March 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nowhere

    Randy has displayed and expressed bad judgment during these past two nights. He missed the big picture and stayed with his ego. In contrast to Jennifer and Steven, Randy sabotaged several great singer's chances to move forward by voicing highly critical and unpopular opinions only he shares. The judges know more than the viewers which singers had excellent voices but chose the wrong songs or failed to impress with a broad range of vocals or showmanship. Maybe nerves got the best of them. It was the judges who should have helped these performers move forward and not get them eliminated. Jennifer and Steven did the right thing. They supported the contestants who they believed should move forward but failed to impress. Randy however, had the same knowledge but chose to go with his ego instead. For years he didn't contribute anything of value in my opinion and now that he's the only judge from the past, he is trying to act like the authority over Jennifer and Steven. And he's also trying to imitate Simon. At least he is speaking up for a change. But he has done it at the wrong time. He shouldn't be doing it until next week. A few of the great singers are going to go home thanks to his ego. He is lacking credibility now. Randy has always been the least favorite Judge and it will continue that way. He should be on the same playing field as the other two judges and stop trying to act like he is superior. It looks and sounds to me like Steven is #1 and will most likely be more popular than Simon. Randy is not mean and abrasive like Simon so he should just stop trying to be like him and be authentic. Jennifer is very sweet, talented and sensitive. She is a good replacement for the female slot. This will be a good show this year. There are two amazing male contestants who could win right now. Get the contracts ready. And please do something with Randy. He's still in the #3 position and he should fit in with the other two. Most viewers really don't even know why Randy is a Judge. The viewers and audience side with Jennifer and Steven's opinions and not Randy. Take a poll and find out.

    March 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlie68

      Very well stated... I've thought for several weeks now that Randy has been trying to imitate Simon when in the past he had nothing to contribute.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      1st – Randy was right on, on many of his critiques! Not everyone was great; and he was right to let them know that. There was not a single singer that went home; that will be missed; they simply were not good enough! Even if they were; Randy didn't vote; America did! Did Randy influence some votes, maybe, but the judges comments certainly didn't help Brett Loewenstern – good thing to cause he absolutely MURDERED Jim Morrison's song – although the judges praised the performance! Don't sugar coat it – call it luike it is!

      March 4, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  19. MC

    I think Randy is right on and doesn't mind saying the truth, after all the winner has much to gain.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I agree.While JLo loved that contestant who sang Breakaway, I cringed at her performance. I think JLo is tone-deaf

      March 4, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      I agree. I think Randy is right and honest in his critique.

      March 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Carmelita

    Randy wants to be the new Simon but Simon's a hard act to follow. Give it up, Dog!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |

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