‘American Idol’ Season 12 Judges Announced

Fox has officially released the long awaited details behind who the 12th season judges of American Idol will be when the series returns to the air this coming January 2013. With both Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey already on board the network has finally struck deals with rapper extraordinaire Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban to fill the remaining seats.

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment of Fox Broadcasting Company confirmed the news. “I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and IDOL’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. 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. With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

Both Minaj and Urban should round out the judges panel nicely with their diverse talents and backgrounds. News on how well the foursome work together should be revealed soon since they are ready to kick off auditions this week in New York City. They are also slated to travel to Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Antonio, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City in search of the next ‘American Idol’.

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