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?


I think GENE SIMMONS would've been a better choice than Nicki Minaj. Gene has been in the business for decades and KNOWS how to work it!!!! This is what AI needs right now, last season for me was one foot in the grave. I had watched the finale's since Kelly Clarkson but last year....sitting at home I did not even turn a tv on. And YES I vote. ack please remove Nicki Minaj from the judging!!!


Nick Minaj? Really?? AI has lost me as a veiwer.


The E network and ryan are so annoying!! Will never watch!!


american idol needs to go off the air. i stopped watching when simon left. with nicki minaj there i expect the show will have lots of rappers. therefore, the whole idea of finding the best VOICE is over. this show will suck.


To be honest, I think Keith Urban is too good for American Idol. The others...not so much. That show died when Simon Cowell left. Time to put it out of its misery.


nicki minaj really?this show is so gonna suck!i hate minaj wit ol of my heart 4 disrespecting my religion!and now i'm gonna put up wit her in american idol?i'd rather die than watch a fake arrogant nobody(not 2 her fans but 2 me).u wil rot in hell 4 cursing my religion!

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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]