Since the absence of Simon Cowell, American Idol may have been missing a judge to get real with the contestants - until now!
Randy Jackson has been stepping up to the plate by acting the most critical of the judges.
"It's been like Randy has stepped up his game and is being more blunt and bottom line," said an insider. "He's definitely not wishy-washy. He's, like, rebranded himself a little."
Even Ryan Seacrest has noticed!
"He's the one to shut it down the most," said Ryan.
We'll have to see it to believe it!
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