Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Confirmed as American Idol Judges

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The rumor mill can finally stop churning: American Idol has announced its four-person judging panel for Season 12.

Fox announced via press release this morning that Randy Jackson will return again to the ratings juggernaut, joining previously-confirmed Mariah Carey and the two leading contenders over the past few weeks:

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

  • Nicki Minaj in Red
  • Keith Urban Photograph

“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,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox.

“With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

Do you agree? How do you feel about this quartet?


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Nicki Minaj is a rap singer with out talent judging people who can sing? I have watched American Idol since it started except this is disgusting!! I can't stand the creepy Nicki M How can they put her on with clean cut all American types.......Yuk.....Yuk.....Yuk.....!!!!


I will be watching this dreadful show because of the beef, That's how shallow I am.




Clearly Nicki belongs on the show. She's becomming irrelevant just like the show! They go together!
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People watch American idol?


Will not be watching AI as long as Ms. Minaj is a judge.


Nicki Minaj? The most repulsive personality in all of show biz. I have been a fan of American Idol since the beginning, but I will not watch it any longer with that disgusting person as a judge.


And i do agree, this show lost when Simon left.


Keith Urban: fine, but Niki No Way, never watch this show again. Ugh!!


Oh no! Just when I thought this show couldn’t get any worse, they go and pick Nicki as a judge. The worst part about it is that this is going to make my girlfriend want to watch it even more. I’m just glad that I upgraded our DVR to the Hopper, which has three independent tuners, so she can still watch it without dragging me away from my shows. The last thing I want to do after a full day in my office at Dish is watch Nicki Minaj on American Idol.