Randy Jackson Talks Brad Pitt, Paula’s Firing, ‘The Voice’ and Mariah’s Future

'Idol's Top Dawg, Randy Jackson (Fox)

Randy Jackson may have outlasted every other judge on “American Idol,” and in the age of the recent “X Factor” massacre, that’s quite an achievement. But he does want more for himself than an eternity at the judges’ table — perhaps something along the lines of a certain Oscar-nominee.

Today in a conference call, Randy said he’d stay with “Idol” for “a while,” but “you never know what the future brings.”

“There’s a lot of territory out there still to explore, TV-wise, show-wise, movie-wise, everything,” said Randy. “Who knows, maybe I’ll become the next Brad Pitt or something. That’s what I always wanted to be—a leading man.”

Randy also addressed the current season’s lower ratings, saying that “the space of singing shows is definitely a little crowded right now… You’ve got a lot of singing, so that’s what happens when the marketplace gets full.”

But he’s got no problem with “Idol”s competitors. Randy says he expects “The Voice” debut this Sunday to draw “huge numbers after the Super Bowl… They’ve got a great show and I think there’s room for everyone out there.”

As for the buzz about the other music competition making news this week, Randy said he has been texting with Paula Abdul about her firing, and he’s “sad to hear about what’s going on with that show.”

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Still, he thinks Mariah Carey, whom he manages, would be an “amazing” judge on the “X Factor,” and that “Simon is one of the smartest people I know.”

Regarding the death this week of “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius, Randy had this to say: “The nicest guy in the world, always did it with a smile, always loved music, loved people, helped me, helped everyone I know in their careers. So I’m just really really sad about that. In this business that we’re in, to be able to do it with a smile and with kindness—yo. Amazing guy.”

Finally, Randy promised an intense Hollywood week, which kicks off next week, and which will definitely include some contestants “fainting.”

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