March 3rd, 2011
07:25 PM ET
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?
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