Original "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson announced Thursday that he will not return next season. Jackson has been on the show since it launched to massive success in 2002 and is the last original judge left.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season," confirmed Jackson through his representative.
"I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life-changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures,” he added.
Nicki Minaj, who is currently in her first (and rumored last) season as a judge on the show, told E! News that as far as she's concerned, she was "happy" to be on the show: "I feel happy here and I have to thank them for giving me this chance. They could have picked anyone in the world. And they picked me. So that's all I'll say about that."
Presuming that they will return themselves, who should join Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban at the judges' table next season? Check out the slideshow above and tell us who YOU think would be the best choice!