randy jackson idol 320 Randy Jackson returning to "American Idol"    Simon says Randy Jackson is returning to “American Idol,” according to former judge Simon Cowell.

“Just heard randy is back on idol,” the “X Factor” executive producer, who judged “Idol” for nine seasons alongside Jackson, tweeted today (Sept. 10). “Right decision,” he added.

The news, which hasn’t been confirmed by FOX, contradicts recent reports that Jackson was stepping down as judge and shifting to a mentor role.

Only Mariah Carey has been confirmed as a Season 12 judge. Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are all reportedly in talks to join the hit singing competition.

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