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'American Idol' Judges 2014: Randy Jackson to Return as Contestants' Mentor

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First Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
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Randy Jackson will reportedly be returning to the new season of "American Idol." This year, however, Jackson will not be serving as a judge. Instead, Jackson is expected to replace Jimmy Lovine as a mentor.

Jackson left "American Idol" after season 12. According to E! Online, however, Jackson will make a return for season 13. According to a spokesperson for FOX, nothing has been announced yet.

"American Idol's" audience has dropped 50 percent over the past two seasons.

Dr. Luke was earlier expected to become a judge on "American Idol" but soon backed out. "It appears that in the 11th hour, Sony may have stepped in," M.J. Santilli, writer for MJs Big Blog, said in an interview with ABCNews.com.

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In 2011, Dr. Luke. signed a deal with Sony Music where he was to start a label imprint called Kemosabe. Universal Music Group holds the exclusive rights to music released by "American Idol" contestants. This is a problem for Sony Music who is a competitor with Universal Music Group. As a result, Dr. Luke would have been in an awkward position if he were to be developing talent for one of his employer's competitors.

"Unfortunately, I can't be in two places at the same time ...," Dr. Luke wrote on his Twitter account, possibly inferring to his dilemma.

Santilli thinks that "American Idol" is likely to use guest judges while they continue the search for a third judge. Auditions for the new season are supposed to take place in Sept. and Oct.

Keith Urban has been confirmed to be a judge on the new season of "American Idol." Jennifer Lopez is also expected to make a return the singing show, but has yet to be confirmed by FOX.

An unexpected source has confirmed speculation that singer and actress Jennifer Lopez will be returning to "American Idol" as a judge on its 2014 season.

Lopez's boyfriend, Casper Smart, let the news slip during an interview with E! News regarding his new nuvoTV show, "Step Away."

"Yes," Smart said when asked if Lopez was returning to the show for Season 13.

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