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Report: Lopez, Tyler to be 'Idol' judges

Report: Lopez, Tyler to be 'Idol' judges

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are to replace Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres as judges on "American Idol," TMZ said.
Ellen replacing Paula as 'Idol' judge

Ellen replacing Paula as 'Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Fox says talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres will replace former judge Paula Abdul next season on "American Idol."
Avril Lavigne to be guest judge on 'Idol'

Avril Lavigne to be guest judge on 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne has signed up to serve as a guest judge on TV's "American Idol" this season.
Shania to temp as 'Idol' judge

Shania to temp as 'Idol' judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Canadian singer Shania Twain has agreed to be a guest judge on the singing competition series "American Idol."

Singer Blige will be 'Idol' guest judge

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Singer Mary J. Blige will serve as a guest judge on "American Idol" for its upcoming ninth season, a source with the U.S. TV series says.

Victoria Beckham to guest judge on 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Former "Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham has agreed to a single guest appearance on the U.S. talent show "American Idol," her publicist confirmed.
Jasmine, Jorge booted from 'Idol'

Jasmine, Jorge booted from 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (UPI) -- Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez were eliminated Wednesday night from the top 13 on "American Idol."
'Idol' star Sanjaya approves of DioGuardi

'Idol' star Sanjaya approves of DioGuardi

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Sanjaya Malakar, a standout in the sixth season of "American Idol," says this season's new judge, Kara DioGuardi, is revitalizing the U.S. TV series.
'Idol' judge says men have early lead

'Idol' judge says men have early lead

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson says male contestants on the singing competition show take an early lead in Season 8.

MTV ready to find next 'Best Dance Crew'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Cable TV staple MTV is gearing up for the next go-round of its popular talent competition, "America's Best Dance Crew," producers say.
David Cook is new 'American Idol'

David Cook is new 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- David Cook, a bartender from Missouri, was declared the winner of the U.S. singing competition show "American Idol" Wednesday night.
Abdul's 'Idol' critiques cause stir

Abdul's 'Idol' critiques cause stir

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul made headlines after she critiqued contestant Jason Castro for his performance of two songs when he had only sung one.
Michael Johns eliminated from 'Idol'

Michael Johns eliminated from 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- Australian-born "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns was voted off of the television singing competition Thursday night.
Ramiele Malubay voted off of 'Idol'

Ramiele Malubay voted off of 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- Ramiele Malubay, a 20-year-old contestant from Miramar, Fla., was voted off of the U.S. singing competition television series "American Idol" Wednesday night.
Chikezie voted off of 'American Idol'

Chikezie voted off of 'American Idol'

LOS ANGELES, March 27 (UPI) -- Chikezie, a former airport screener from Inglewood, Calif., is the latest contestant to be voted off the U.S. television singing competition "American Idol."
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Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson arrives for the Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson (born June 23, 1956) is an American bassist, singer, record producer, music manager, A&R executive, and television personality. He is best known as a judge on American Idol and executive producer for MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Jackson has won a Grammy Award as a producer.

Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, His first marriage, to Elizabeth Jackson, was dissolved in 1990; they had one daughter named Taylor. In 1995, Jackson married Erika Riker, with whom he has two children; a 14-year-old daughter named Zoe and a 12-year-old son named Jordan. In 2003, Jackson lost 114 pounds (52 kg) following gastric bypass surgery. He stated in a February 2008 television commercial that he has type 2 diabetes.

Jackson played in bands with Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. In the early 1980s he played on three albums for Jean-Luc Ponty and with the rock band Taxxi. From 1986 to 1987 he was a session musician for the rock group Journey. Jackson played on Journey's 1986 album Raised on Radio. He moved to Italy in the late 1980s and played on a record by Italian pop star Zucchero. The record, Zucchero and the Randy Jackson Band, was produced by Corrado Rustici who played guitar with Jackson on many albums in the early 1980s. He also played with Billy Cobham.

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