Nigel Lythgoe Confirms Randy Jackson for American Idol 2011

Phew. Well at least we now know one of the American Idol 2011 judges! Exec Producer Nigel Lythgoe has just confirmed that Randy Jackson will be back to take his seat at the judges’ panel. This news comes just after Nigel said all the seats at the panel were open. Those are two very different stories.

After telling E! News that all seats on the panel were open, the TV mogul chatted with KTLA’s Sam Rubin and Jessica Holmes on the red carpet about the upcoming season. And when asked if he could name a single judge who’d be around for Season 10… he did.

Lythgoe says that one seat on the panel has an occupant, and it’s Randy Jackson. Wait. Was that a confirmation? “I hope so,” he says.

So what do you think? Randy returns but Kara and Simon are out. We’re still at least two more judges away unless you count Steven Tyler’s unofficial confirmation that he’ll be joining the cast of American Idol 2011.

Source: Zap2It via MJ’s Blog