Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban Join American Idol
The “American Idol” judges’ panel is now complete, and let me tell you, this group is just weird. Singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban have joined the lot to kick of its 12th season.
The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday, just hours before the first round of judging for next season was due to begin in New York.
The announcement also settles the status of Randy Jackson. He will stay put as the sole remaining original “Idol” judge, scotching rumors of a different role for him on the popular talent competition.
This trio joins newcomer Mariah Carey on a judges panel now expanded to four members from its previous three.