Even back then, Randy was as popular with his classmates as he is now with "Idol" fanatics.
"I had a good time," Randy recalled of his younger days. "It's always about having a good time, no matter what you're doing."
But at what age did Jackson know he wanted to be a star?
"I knew I wanted to be a musician since I was like 10 or 12 years old," Randy revealed.
And the rest, as they say, is musical history; but not without a few bumps in the road to success.
"I tried to be a waiter once, I tried once to be a waiter in a restaurant, and I was just awful at it," Randy confessed. "They would say, 'What are the specials, what's good on the menu?' And I would say, 'It's all crap!' I just couldn't tell a lie. Me and George Washington, we just couldn't lie."
Randy's brand of honesty has made him a fan favorite among the "Idol" judges, and there will be much more of that to come now that "Idol's" season six is just around the corner.
"This is probably going to be the most intense season we've had," Randy said. "And it's probably going to be one of the closest as to who wins and what happens."
Catch the intense action unfold when "American Idol" beings Jan. 16 on FOX!