After months of guessing games and anticipation, American Idol has found all its judges. Joining first confirmed judge Mariah Carey on the panel are Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Reportedly, the confirmation of the new judges came just hours before the first round of Season 12 was due to begin in New York. Now, that’s cutting it close.
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Randy Jackson, the show’s only ‘original’ judge left, remains to critique and offer fan favourite catch phrases “dawg” and “a’ight” for another season. The rumours that he would take on a different role on the show have proven unfounded.
Rapper Nicki was one of the first names to have been thrown into the mix after Mariah joined the show, however due to prior endorsement commitments Nicki was unable to sign on. However now that’s settled Nicki brings some hip-hop flavour to the show while Keith will give rising country star contenders some solid advise.