It’s Official! Nicki Minaj & Keith Urban Join American Idol As Judges
Despite rumors that Mariah Carey wasn’t having it, rapper Nicki Minaj has joined American Idol‘s panel of judges, along with country star/Nicole Kidman‘s hubby Keith Urban.
Together, Minaj, Urban, Carey and the only returning judge, Randy Jackson, will round out the fab four for the upcoming 12th season of the singing competition. Everyone from Katy Perry and Sean “Diddy” Combs to Adam Lambert and Nick Jonas were reportedly in talks to join the show as judges as rumors swirled for months and fans eagerly waited to see who would actually sign a contract on the dotted line.
“I am thrilled about this year’s judges panel,” said Mike Darnell, Fox president of Alternative Entertainment. “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.”
American Idol returns to Fox in January 2012. What do you think of the new panel of judges?