Let's be honest, as much fun as we make of his sparkly lapel pins, ridiculous "in it to win it!" yammering and over "yo"-ing, we're all gonna miss the Big Dawg.
While Randy Jackson had a longer-than-anyone-could-have-reasonably-expected run on "American Idol," outliving all other judges to date on the program, after Thursday night's shock elimination of Angie Miller, this year's top three finalists said they were just glad to have known him.
"I feel so blessed that this is not the season that he chose [to leave]," said country rocker Kree Harrison, who is headed to next week's finale. "I love him and we've definitely bonded. I appreciate everything that he's said and done for all of us. I love Randy. Hopefully we'll work together one day."
The woman Kree will be facing off against, powerhouse R&B belter Candice Glover, had similarly warm vibes about the man who encouraged her through three seasons of "Idol" striving before he announced his departure on Thursday. "I was definitely very, very sad," she told MTV News after Thursday's elimination show. "Because Randy was here the three years that I've been on here and he's seen me grow as an artists, as a person, as a musician and singer. I definitely look forward to his opinion and all his 'In it to win it' chants."
Though she'll be on to bigger and better things by the time season 13 rolls around in 2014, Glover said things will definitely be different next year without Randy.
Eliminated singer Miller echoed those sentiments, saying she felt honored to be one of the last singers Jackson judged on the program. "He's brought me so far, he's had such great things to say about me," said Miller, who was one of this year's most contemporary, marketable performers, something Jackson noted early on when he compared her to Paramore's Hayley Williams. "I'm so blessed to have had him as a judge."
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