BWW Interviews - In-House Mentor Randy Jackson Talks New Season of AMERICAN IDOL
Last week, Randy Jackson made his return appearance to FOX's American Idol in his new role as in-house mentor. The former Idol judge was featured on Tuesday, February 18th when he helped the Top 15 female contestants prepare for performancs and the season's first results show. On Wednesday, February 17th, Jackson helped out the Top 15 male contestants as judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez decided who should stay and who should go home.
Today, Jackson speaks about his hopes, his expectations and his new role as mentor on the 13th Season of the long-running singing competition!
Asked about the show's newest judge, Harry Connick Jr., who has already been dubbed 'Harsh Harry' and 'Harry the Hatchett' by his fellow panelists, Jackson replies, "I love it!" He continues, "You have to call it as you see it. I think he's doing an amazing job. I think he's hilarious. He's funny. I think he's being harsh when he has to be. And it's not really just being harsh, it's like, what people fail to realize is you walk into a typical audition today in a room and there weren't cameras in there, you might not even comment. You might just go, 'Next.'"
Jackson also had kind words for former Idol judge, and new dad Simon Cowell and shared that he would gladly welcome the Brit back to the show if the opportunity arose. "He's one of the greatest to ever do it. So, of course, I mean, are you kidding? It would be amazing," said Jackson. "I'm still getting over the shock that he's a dad. Listen, I think it's really going to help him grow and I've just been saying to him, 'Dude, let it happen, let it wash over you, come on!' I think surprisingly - and I'm surprising myself as I say this - I think he's going to be a good dad."
As far as this year's contestants, the musician believes it's a strong pool of talent. He also had praise for M.K. Nobilette who is the first openly gay contestant to make it to the finalists. "I'm really proud of her and I'm really happy for her and I think, 'Who would have thought in 2014 you'd have to do that?' I'm just always surprised. But we should have come a lot further a lot faster, but it is what it is. But I think, yeah, we've never said 'You can't do this, you can't do that.'"