Surviving Randy Jackson’s ‘Idol’ Workshop: 4 Lessons I Learned From the Dawg
Randy Jackson may no longer be a judge on "American Idol," but the Dawg is still in the house this season, albeit in a mentoring role. With the show now down to a top 31, Randy is back to whip these contestants into shape via his intensive boot camp program, with handpicked assistants Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert (two of "Idol's" most successful non-winners) joining in. And as someone who's been through his workshop, I can tell you, Randy has not gone soft during his hiatus from the show.
Yes, you read that right. I got to go through all the rigorous stages of Randy's boot camp — I was the unofficial 32nd contestant, if you will — and while you will definitely not be seeing me on the live shows (except maybe sitting in the studio audience), I do feel like I learned some valuable "Idol" lessons from this unique experience. Such as…
1. Song selection is important, dawg.
There were several reasons to steer clear of the self-love anthem, Michael explained. It wouldn't work well with his piano accompaniment. It quite possibly wasn't one of the 400 cleared songs stored on his iPad. And he didn't say this outright, but maybe it just wasn't an appropriate song for a family-friendly show like "Idol." Come on, no tween girl or thirty/forty-something mom (i.e., the people who make up "Idol's" core fanbase) would vote for anyone who sang that song, unless it was Adam Lambert.