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This week, a new Idol is crowned.
This week, a new Idol is crowned. / Warwick Saint / FOX


As America picks its 11th American Idol this week, we chat with Randy Jackson, 55, — the Fox show’s lone remaining original judge and a musician/producer/manager — on a few of his favorite things.

Cause: Diabetes awareness through Taking Diabetes to Heart. “I didn’t know I had it until I wound up in the ER [in 2003]. I’m urging people to talk to their doctors.”

Judging:“You get to help nurture young talent and discover that unpolished jewel, the next superstar. We saw Carrie Underwood day one, Kelly Clarkson day one, Scotty McCreery day one, Jennifer Hudson day one.”

Gadget: “You name it: BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air.”

App: “APPY Geek. iTalk, for my family, my [three] kids.”

Shopping websites:,

Secret talent: “I’m an avid budding photographer.”

Indulgence: Frozen yogurt, since his diabetes diagnosis.

Sweat: Tennis. “I play quite a bit, singles, sweat it out, let’s go, go hard.”

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