‘American Idol’ — Randy Jackson OUT AS A JUDGE

exclusive 0830_randy_jackson_american_idol_articleThe dawg days are over at “American Idol” … our sources has learned Randy Jackson is officially LEAVING the judge”s table … but will still remain a part of the show as a “mentor.”
Sources connected to “Idol” tell us … there”s some concern among the brass that Jackon is not well-suited for the mentor role … but they feel they need him because he”s the glue that helps keep the show together.

As for his replacement … sources tell us Nicki Minaj“s deal is 99% done … but still not a sure thing just yet.

We”re told the honchos are keenly aware Mariah Carey isn”t a fan of Minaj and doesn”t want her at the table … a fact producers LOVE because they think the conflict and tension will be good for the show.

And … we now know A.I. will once again go with a 4th judge …  we”re told producers are gunning for someone from the country music world for the third seat.  Seat number 4 is up in the air.

Finally, altough “A.I.” wanted Diddy or Kanye West … we”re told they are definitely out of the picture.

Thiiiiiiiiis … is getting intense.