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Tuesday September 11, 2012 9:55 am

Randy Jackson Will Remain a Judge on American Idol

Randy JacksonRandy Jackson will remain as a judge on American Idol.

Although it was thought that the music producer - who has been on the panel of the show since it began - would take on the role of a mentor behind the scenes for the upcoming season, he has agreed a deal with Fox to stay on as a judge after negotiations with Enrique Iglesias fell though, according to Deadline.

"Just heard Randy is back on Idol. Right decision," Randy's former co-star Simon Cowell wrote on Twitter, appearing to confirm the news.

Randy will join Mariah Carey on the four person panel which is also expected to feature Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. Mariah is not thought to be a fan of Nicki's, although producers are delighted at the prospect of conflict between them both. Instead, the "Fantasy" hitmaker is said to be keen for Lenny Kravitz to sign up to the show.

"Mariah would love to have her dear friend Lenny Kravitz sit next to her on the American Idol judge panel. She thinks he would be the perfect choice because he is extremely talented and knows music inside and out," a source said recently.

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