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American Idol is minus another judge.

With Randy Jackson having official resigned his post and Jennifer Hudson reportedly on the way, Mariah Carey made it official today:

She has left the series after one season.

American Idol Season 12 Promo Photo

“W/ global success of ‘#Beautiful’ (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” read a message from Carey’s publicists PMK-BNC that the singer re-Tweeted shortly thereafter.

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American Idol Season 12 drew the smallest ratings in show history.

But, as proven by Karen Elaine Harrelson and Gregory L. Stambaugh, that doesn't mean the battle between Candice Glover and Kree Harrison didn't elicit some serious emotion.

Candice Glover and Kree Harrison

According to The York Dispatch, these two were watching last week's Idol finale (and drinking) when they got into an argument over who should win.

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It's the worst kept secret in Hollywood: American Idol will employ a new set of judges for Season 13.

Will beloved mentor Harry Connick Jr. be among them? Will a huge name such as Justin Bieber or Rihanna agree to come on board?

What changes will the show make to regain its ratings-based footing?

American Idol Judges, Season 12

According to a new report, producers hope to revisit the past in order to boost the future, as they've allegedly contacted successful alums about coming on board the panel.

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This just in: The American Idol Season 12 judging team didn't work out so well.

In an interview with Haute Living, producer Nigel Lythgoe owned up to this not-so-astonishing fact, blaming a lack of overall chemistry for the ratings disaster instead of singling out any individual panelist.

Season 12 Panelists

"Chemistry is something that everyone has to contribute to," Lythgoe said. "Each one of them is terrific on their own - they all bring something to the table - but they just don't gel as a whole."

Lythgoe praised Mariah Carey's "wealth of knowledge" and said Nicki Minaj was "very focused" throughout the season.

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They say second place in the first loser.

But just try telling that to Kree Harrison.

Candice Glover and Kree Harrison on the Finale

On the heels of Candice Glover taking home the American Idol Season 12 title, Harrison didn't sound remotely disappointed when chatting with Access Hollywood.

"I'm happy for her. I love her like a sister and I'm so freaking proud of her," Kree said. "It's a sisterhood further than friends forever could really understand because we've gone through this experience together. Not many people could understand it."

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Three years.

That's what Candice Glover uttered last night upon being crowned American Idol winner, citing the number of seasons on which she's appeared.

"I'm still trying to process it,"' she told reporters soon after the finale ended. "I don't even know my name! Oh my gosh! I don't know what's happening! It feels amazing though to finally have gotten to this point after working so hard for so long.

Candice Glover Celebrates

Among other topics touched on by the Season 12 champion:

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It was a season of judges fighting and ratings dwindling.

Of men disappearing early and women showing their strength.

And, oh, did we mention judges fighting?

But American Idol finally came to an end tonight and - unlike the bloated two hours and seven minutes that it took for Fox to announce the winner - we will not waste anymore of your time in announcing the champion is...

Candice Glover Wins!

... CANDICE GLOVER!

Considered the front-runner for months, Glover broke down as soon as Ryan Seacrest said her name, hugged Kree Harrison and then performed a terrific version of "I Am Beautiful."

What do you think? Did Candice deserve the title?

 

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The ratings haven't been there on American Idol Season 12, but let's face it:

The talent has been present throughout.

Either Candice Glover or Kree Harrison would make a worthy champion, as each finalist proved last night in bringing her A game for all three singles.

There was a producers' choice. The coronation track the winner will belt out tonight. And a selection made by the contestant herself. Watch three renditions from the finale now:

Who performed best? Who will be wearing the crown after voting is said and done?

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Nicki Minaj is not long for American Idol.

In the least surprising news of the day, an insider tells Us Weekly that the singer will depart this Fox competition immediately following this week's finale.

Nicki Minaj Idol Pic

"It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol," the source says, adding that Nicki will start focusing on her next album, touring, and endorsements. "She's okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."

Randy Jackson has already resigned from Idol and producers are expected to replace the entire panel some time this summer.

Among those reportedly being considered: Harry Connick Jr., Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Will you miss Nicki Minaj on American Idol?

 

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