AMERICAN IDOL: Josh Ledet is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. L-R: Randy Jackson, Josh Ledet and Jennifer Lopez. CR: Frank Micelotta / PictureGroup for FOX.
The dawg days are over at "American Idol" ... TMZ 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 are saying Nicki Minaj's deal is 99% done ... but still not a sure thing just yet.