Pictured L-R: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on AMERICAN IDOL. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX.

Pictured L-R: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on AMERICAN IDOL. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX.

There were many who thought American Idol was doomed after the exit of Simon Cowell (myself included). But season 10 has proven that there is plenty of fight still left in that dawg.

In fact the competition has a whole new energy since the show got underway and Randy Jackson knows why. The Idol judge credits the detailed critiques and great talent for boosting Idol’s image back up…and don’t you dare tell him that the judges are going soft on the contestants.

“It’s a different energy it’s a different sensibility,” Jackson points out. “People are saying to me, ‘Dawg, you guys are so nice,’ if you really listen to what we say we give people it the straight way, too. It’s just not quite as biting. It’s a remix…season 10.”

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