American Idol Season 12 Judges Rumored To Be...

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Mariah Carey is in.

And... well... that's about all we know when it comes to American Idol Season 12.

With rumors citing everyone from Adam Lambert to Nick Jonas to Diddy as potential judges, a new report says the show has settled on the three artists it would like to sit down alongside Carey.

Nicki Minaj in NYC
Keith Urban on the Red Carpet
Enrique Iglesias on Stage

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers are hoping to cover every musical gamut, from rap to country to Latin. Along those lines, its top choices would be:

  • Nicki Minaj
  • Keith Urban
  • Enrique Igelsias

One hold-up, however, is that Minaj is the new Pepsi spokesperson and Idol is notorious for its overt advertising deal with Coca-Cola.

Moreover, this quartet would be VERY expensive. Carey is already set to earn $17 million for one year of work and luring in other major names such as the ones listed above would require individual salaries into the eight figures.

But that's a problem for Fox. You tell us: How would you feel about Minaj, Urban and Igelsias as American Idol judges?


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When Pia was eliminated I was shkceod and upset because her, Haley, Lauren, had the best voice throughout the show and when they wasted their save on stupid Casey I knew that they will regret it soon but im glad Pia is signed onto a record label, time to show the world what Pia can do GO PIA <3


I still think that they should put Miley Cyrus on American Idol. If they want a country star Keith Urban is perfect. If Nicki is made a judge I will not be watching the show anymore. She would probably put people down and compare them to herself if she was a judge.


there r 3 seats opened now as randy is gone...i like maria...and even adam..but there needs to b a country singer on there too. there r a lot of cointry singers on the show. and its a variety..i just dont want to the show end...i like steve J LO and randy....:(


I disagree having Nicki as a judge. She doesn't have the background to be a solid judge on AI. I've seen AI from season one and I know AI will go down here faster having her on the show. BRING ADAM LAMBART to the table. He has the full package and will bring more viewers to the show in the long run. Keith Urban, YES - good choice. Enrique, MOST DEFINATELY - another excellent choice. These two have solid backgrounds and can relate. They have great personalities that people just love!!!


If this is who American Idol chooses as the judges, they have just lost one long time viewer. They need to have someone who knows how to sing. Adam Lambert would make a wonderful judge, and he's been in there shoes, so he could give them good advice.


nicki minaj can't even sing , think it would be a unfair to include her


Put Adam Lambert in the judge's seat. That boy knows music and he can sing his ass off! He is so intelligent and honest, he would critique the contestants with helpfullness and creativity. And he'd be very entertaining too and nice to look at. Nicki Minaj is trash and can't sing a note!


I am glad they chose Mariah Carey as an American Idol judge. I also agree with you guys Adam Lambert should be an American Idol judge he has expierence in knowing American Idol and he has been a contestant in past and he is a good singer and I know Mariah Carey and Adam Lambert would have great ratings and this is the perfect duo American Idol will have. WE WANT ADAM LAMBERT AS JUDGE!!!


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]