The only original piece of American Idol that is going to still be standing when the next season starts is Ryan Seacrest's hair. Randy Jackson will not return as a judge for the next season of American Idol. This is kind of the end of an era and I guess that Idol is fully committed to making this a show about judges rather than about the talent. Apparently there is talk about keeping Randy as a mentor, but that is not his thing. He was the calming middle ground between the too nice Paula and the tell it like it is Simon Cowell. TMZ is reporting there will be four judges again because that worked out so well in the past. You know what that does? Further cuts down on the time for the performers on the show because each judge takes about 30 seconds. It might not seem like a lot but four judges equals 120 seconds which is longer than each performer gets to sing. All about the judges. I will miss you dawg.