While there was no news coming out of the tour on Friday, there was quite a bit of news about the future of the show that brought us everyone from William Hung to Carrie Underwood. Apparently, only "Yo, dawg" Randy Jackson will be returning to the judges' panel. While his silly behavior last year (booing Simon is pretty puerile) was a distraction and his sudden deafness to "pitchiness" whenever Lee sang confounding, he was the only judge to recognize and appreciate Casey's mad guitar skills. As I said when I filled out the survey that American Idol ran After that debacle of a season last year -- if they kept anyone it should be Randy.
But what of the new judges? To quote a line from Tom Hanks in Big, "I don't get it." JLo seems Paula-sweet without the Paula-crazy, so that's good. But I wonder if she's too visible a star not to be a distraction. Steven Tyler? I suppose he'd be helpful to the next Adam Lambert or Siobhan Magnus - who better to assess the quality of their screaming? He's had an entire career built on hurting my ears. And I do look forward to his style suggestions -- when in doubt, add more scarves.
But here I'm still focused on Season 9 because no matter how many problems it had, no matter how much bad rap it's received, it introduced me and you to Casey James and I will always be thankful to it for that.