American Idol panel of judges now complete, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson

By on Sep 16, 2012 in Entertainment, Music, Television, United States Comments

Updated: October 3, 2012 5:30 p.m.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban are the new American Idol judges, replacing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who both announced last July that they will leave the show; while original show judge Randy Jackson will be returning to the show, contrary to earlier rumors that he will also be leaving.

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban
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As noted at this Sunday, September 16, 2012, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will be joining Mariah Carey as the new set of American Idol panel of judges, along with Randy Jackson. Carey was announced as judge in the latter part of July, and received a warm welcome from host Ryan Seacrest.

“With the exciting addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj, alongside Randy Jackson, American Idol‘s star power has never been so great.” Show executive producer Simon Fuller was quoted in the report, with the American Idol Season 12 auditions continuing to tour various US states.

“For this we have to thank the ongoing commitment and belief of Fox and the dedication and focus of the Idol production team. We have all been together since the very beginning and we are focused on making Idol Season 12 the best ever.” Fuller added, as the show to debut in January 2013.

Nicki‘s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him.” Mike Darnell, Fox‘s president of alternative, said.

Although there were no formal announcement from Fox on the contract for the new American Idol judges, some reports are saying that Nicki Minaj may earn around $8 million and Keith Urban will be receiving about $4 million; and Mariah Carey will be getting around $17 million.

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