Randy Jackson Gives Me American Idol Insight

"The legend!" said Randy Jackson as he approached me at the Lacoste penthouse party for his record label last night.

That's now the official way all celebrities must greet me or they don't get a mention.

(By the way, he was bowing and scraping, too. A nice extra touch.)

Anyway, I asked Randy if he has survivor's guilt being the last of the original judges still on Idol.

"It's wild," he said. "We had an amazing year. We brought the show back. A lot of people had doubts.

"I love Jennifer Lopez and Marc. I've known her for a long time. I love Steven Tyler."

That's a whole lotta love.

But isn't his approach on the show encouraging yet realistic?

"I like to inspire and nurture," said Randy, "with a stern hand -- but not chokable! 'Don't kill me!'"

Except for William Hung, perhaps.

Anyway, Randy was celebrating his Dream Merchant 21 label, with artists like the girl group Brunette (pictured below), who are rather fetching-looking.

"Are they the new Pussycat Dolls?" I wondered.

"It's more like Expose," he replied.

I love Expose! They're legends.

Photo by Andrew Werner
Photo by Andrew Werner

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