“I think ‘Idol’ is gonna do really, really well this year,” says Jackson. “The addition of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez has really added … a freshness to it. I’ve been calling it ‘Idol Season 10: The Remix.’ I think people will be pleasantly surprised.”
We’ve been hearing rumors that Randy, as the veteran judge, has been taking over the Simon Cowell role, but Jackson insists that’s not entirely accurate.
“I don’t think I’ve stepped into the Simon Cowell shoes. Those shoes can’t be filled, nor do I want to be in them,” Jackson laughs. “But I’m excited. You may see a new version of the dawg, there’s more hair on the dawg. Definitely you will see me take a little more of an assertive role because I’m the young veteran on the show.”
As for all the changes the show has made for its remix, Randy doesn’t think it’s too much. The show we all know and love will still be there, just with a few enhancements.
“I think we’re just trying to add things that enhance the viewers’ participation and the viewers’ interest,” says Jackson. “I think it just makes the show more and more enjoyable. It’s not completely baby out with the bathwater. It’s small changes and the most changes you’ll see will be to the middle rounds, but it’s still the show you know and love, it ain’t gonna be changed that much.”
Jackson also tells us that there have been some standouts so far, both male and female, but he’s predicting a very successful female winner this year.
“I think we’re going to have a really successful winner … and I’m going to go with a female,” Jackson predicts. “There are some standouts on both sides, but I’m thinking it’s a girl’s year to lose.”
Of course, he said that last year too. But perhaps Season 10 will see the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood.
“American Idol” premieres Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.