“American Idol” is about to head full swing into Hollywood next week. Judge Randy Jackson took the time Thursday (Feb. 2) to speak with the press about how the season is going so far, plus about the recent shake-up of the “X Factor.”
On why “Idol’s” ratings have been down this season:
“I think the space of singing shows is definitely a little crowded now. With ‘Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor,’ ‘Got Talent’s’ got singing – they’re on year-round now. You’ve got a lot of singing, so that’s what happens when the marketplace gets full.”
How does he feel about “The Voice” joining the weekly lineup?
“I’m sure they’ll have huge numbers after the Super Bowl. Any show after the Super Bowl would have huge numbers. They’ve got a great show, but I think there’s room for everyone out there, as I think you will see.”
On Paula being dropped from “The X Factor”:
“I have not spoken to Paula. We texted back and forth. I’m sad to hear about all what’s going on with that show. All of those people are dear friends of mine. ‘Idol’ started with me, Simon, Ryan and Paula, and that’s what really brought us to our prominence, so these people are in my life forever … we had a chemistry that we lucked out with … What you’re looking for with any kind of judging panel on these shows is chemistry. And we lucked out again with Steven and Jennifer. It’s all about having chemistry … Simon’s one of the smartest people I know, I’m sure he’s got some very interesting ideas up his sleeve.”
On what we can look forward to on “Idol” this season:
“We have a couple little wrinkles we’re going to throw in, because it’s always about finding ways to make it better. One of the things we’ve been tossing around is the judges’ save thing, because last season, we saved Casey – it was the right time, it was the right move, but I certainly wish we had another one or two because it didn’t serve the rest of the team well.”
“American Idol” airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.