Randy Jackson gets back into production after American Idol reboot
Randy's new production studio is slated to have recording studios, along with a dance floor that can be used for rehearsals, filming, and even auditions.
With ABC rebooting and revising American Idol, all the previous judges have been replaced with fresh faces, and people are wondering what happened to the ones who left. And among them, the crowd favorite is apparently Randy Jackson.
Ever since Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie took on the seats which previously belonged to Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell on the American Idol sets, people have been thinking about Randy making a comeback to the popular singing reality show.
Well, it turns out that though Randy is not making a comeback, he is currently focusing his time and energy into his production roots. In September 2017 Variety reported that Randy was launching a full-service production studio called Starwest Studios.
In other words, it’s basically going to be a one-stop popstar-making factory. The production studio is slated to have recording studios, along with a dance floor that can be used for rehearsals, filming, and even auditions. The report states that "Starwest houses a music recording suite, live broadcast room and a 3,800-square foot pillar-less dance floor suited for filming as well as casting and auditions."
Randy has partnered with CEO Richard G. Stewart Jr. and producer partner Sammy Oriti for his production venture, according to reports. As per Variety, the new company issued a statement that read as "Randy Jackson and his partners wanted to create a production space that would be on the leading edge of demand and could meet their personal creative needs and those of their colleagues in the industry.”
Randy admitted that he may be moving on to other things, but there was a fleeting moment when he did consider rejoining the American Idol team, although not as a judge. “They wanted me to take Ryan Seacrest's job, because they said 'Look man, look, you got it. You know how to do it, dog,'” Randy told Entertainment Tonight. “I would only host with Ryan. He's my friend. You know let's see — Kelly and Ryan, Ryan and Randy. Oh man. It's gonna work man. I feel it!”
And, even though he will not be returning to the reality show's current reboot, Randy still seems pretty pumped about the show being back on air. "Listen, it's a great show. I think it's still the best of its kind ever, so I'm really happy, you know what I mean?" he told ET. "It's a great, great show. I'm sure it's gonna be fun.”
Randy was an Idol judge from the show's very beginning and was the last of the original three judges to leave the show in 2014. In a previous interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Randy spoke about how the chemistry between the original cast, and their relative obscurity was what made the show such a success.
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