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?


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.

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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]