The pressure is now on Randy Jackson as Jennifer Lopez confirmed yesterday that she is joining Steven Tyler in leaving American Idol. I don't think Randy Jackson wants to leave. I think he is perfectly happy traveling around the country and then sitting behind a table two nights a week for a couple of hours and getting paid millions of dollars to do it. Would you ever leave that job? Honestly, who would want to leave that job? I wouldn't even be greedy about it. I bet Paula Abdul still kicks herself every single day for giving up that job. Do you think Paula is making $15M a year now? I think she probably makes about $1M and it all comes from royalties and the occasional “concert.” What Idol is showing though is that the show can continue no matter who is a judge so why spend bazillions of dollars on judges? Did you know all the judges on So You Think You Can Dance before it started? Why do you watch? Because it is a good show. Why should the judges be the stars of the show? The first season of Idol, the only person you had heard of was Paula. Maybe Randy if you were a Journey fan, but you probably had not. People watched in record numbers. At some point though, producers have decided the judges are what gets people to watch, but history suggests they are wrong.