Randy Jackson will Continue to Use American Idol Role for Health Condition Awareness
Randy Jackson will be the only original judge from "American Idol" to last through this upcoming season of the show - the tenth - as the show looks to shift gears following the departure of Simon Cowell.Randy Jackson has been with the show since the first season and has used his role in the program to spread awareness to diseases and health conditions that have been important to him in his personal life. He most recently participated in the "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon, and in 2008, appeared on national television to discuss his battle with type 2 diabetes.About Randy JacksonRandall Darius "Randy" Jackson (born June 23, 1956) is an American bassist, singer, record producer, music manager, A&R executive and television personality. He is best known as a judge on American Idol and Executive Producer for MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. Jackson has won a Grammy Award as a producer.Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, His first marriage, to Elizabeth Jackson, was dissolved in 1990; they had one daughter named Taylor. In 1995, Jackson married Erika Riker, with whom he has two children; a 14-year-old daughter named Zoe and a 12-year-old son named Jordan. In 2003, Jackson lost 114 pounds (52 kg) following gastric bypass surgery. He stated in a February 2008 television commercial that he has type 2 diabetes.