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‘American Idol’ Chooses Keith Urban & Nicki Minaj As Judges — Source

Fri, August 31, 2012 6:10pm EDT by Russ Weakland 4 Comments

With everyone from Kayne West, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, and so many more being rumored to join Mariah Carey on the judges panel, we may finally know who will be helping find the next ‘American Idol’!

When was the last time you ever said Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj in the same sentence? Well get used to it, as it appears that we may have three of the four judges lined up for the next season of American Idol. So that means Randy Jackson will be the man in the fourth spot right? Not so fast! Check out all the EXCLUSIVE details that has found on the situation!

We had a chance to speak to our Idol sources EXCLUSIVELY to clear the air on who is joining the show and who isn’t and producers for the show have locked everything but a signature with Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. Mariah Carey who signed for a whopping $18 million wasn’t very keen on sharing the stage with Nicki Minaj but has waned in her complaints now that the show is adding a fourth male judge to even out the table.

Randy Jackson NOT ‘American Idol’ Judge Anymore

And concerning the fourth judge being a male, it will not be Randy Jackson, as we have been told he is going to take on a mentor role like Jimmy Iovine has done the last couple years, but we have also learned that if they can’t find a fourth judge that meshes with the cast in time then Randy is ready to sit in the chair for another season.

So who will fill in the fourth judging spot? We have been told that Kayne West is out of the running and Nick Jonas probably will not take on the fourth chair as well. Someone very likely to take the spot is Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, who may take over the reigns as the “British judge.” Luckily he has plenty of practice as a judge from his work on So You Think You Can Dance. What we do know is that the fourth judge is definitely a wild card.

We have also been told they need all the judges locked down by September 22, which will be the time they start filming the show with all the judges.

When approached about the potential judges shakeup, reps from FOX said, “No Comment”.

So, HollywoodLifers, would you like to see Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj on the Idol judges panel?

Russ Weakland

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