Along with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, Jackson was one of the talent show’s original judges and known for his many dawg-isms. (Sample: “Yo dawg, don’t listen to him dawg. That was great singing dawg.”) The veteran bassist and music producer stuck around after both Cowell and Abdul exited the show in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Although Jackson will no longer be serving as a judge, he will remain on the show as a mentor to contestants.
With Mariah Carey already on board, Nicki Minaj, who is close to finalizing a deal, will potentially be his replacement. ‘American Idol’ will most likely pick an additional two more judges thereafter. Despite rumors, Diddy, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus will not be joining the judges table. According to TMZ, producers hope to secure a country singer for the third spot. Keith Urban and singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette are rumored contenders.