January 09, 2007 02:28 AM by Joe Reality
Randy Jackson decked out in yellow and lime green? Simon Cowell with his hair died red? These were just two of the secrets about American Idol 6 that Randy Jackson revealed in a recent conference call with media. Of course, Jackson was just having a little fun with the media and wasn’t serious (we think). yellow and lime green joke was said to be in honor of Gnarls Barkley.
On the more serious side, Randy Jackson did reveal some real info about American Idol 6, while being careful to sidestep some questions. Randy Jackson avoided naming any favorites to win the competition and compared the upcoming season to season one. Randy Jackson said, “I think it’s going to be somebody that really grows during the competition.”
Randy Jackson also sidestepped answering if Mariah Carey would appear on American Idol 6 and if there would be group performances as part of the competition outside of just Hollywood week. However, Jackson didn’t hesitate when it came to naming Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia as his two favorite Idols. Jackson credited Fantasia’s Summertime as being the best Idol performance that he could remember and credited Clarkson’s Breakaway as being the best song recorded by any Idol on any record. Jackson also had high praise for Jennifer Hudson (who was his wild card pick), Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, and Paris Bennett.
When asked how he fit into American Idol as a judge, Randy Jackson described himself as “the voice of reason.” Jackson also revealed that the judges spent two days in each audition city and saw about 200 singers a day. In describing what type of people turned out for the auditions, Jackson said there were “more rock guys” and “more Taylor Hicks kind of guys.”
Even though a Southerner has won every season of American Idol to date, Randy Jackson wasn’t willing to say if it was going to be another Southerner again or not this year. When asked about Birmingham’s chances (a city known for producing American Idol finalists), Jackson said that he had a feeling that the winner was going to be from somewhere else this year. Jackson also added that it “might be someone who auditioned in Birmingham but not from Birmingham.”