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

Fri, August 31, 2012 6:10pm EST by 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 HollywoodLife.com 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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  3. Nicki Minaj Has ‘Great Chance’ To Be ‘American Idol’ Judge

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Posted at 1:01 AM on September 13, 2012  

Adam Lambert alll the way!!!!!!

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Posted at 2:06 PM on September 12, 2012  

love mariah and nikki. not sure about kieth, but I think anyone will do for randy’s place. I’m tired of him. we need a replacement. no reason to keep randy. Everyone else was traded out, now it’s his turn:)

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Posted at 12:48 AM on September 6, 2012  

I think that Niki Minaj and Keith Urban would make great judges, I would like to see them on the show. Niki Minaj would make a great judge because she’s currently really popular, she’ll be able to provide a lot of relevant feedback. I think Keith Urban will be good because he’ll add variety to the show. I can’t wait to watch the new season, it’s always great to discuss this show with my Dish coworkers. Luckily I recently upgraded to the Hopper witch will automatically record this show for me with the Prime Time Anytime feature. I love that this will record all shows on major networks on during prime time. It’s so convenient that I don’t have to set up timers and I won’t miss my favorite show.

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Posted at 9:39 AM on September 13, 2012  

i disagree with niki minaj shes not a good singer not a good rapper. shes annoying ,shes so bad. Keith urban good choice. some people to replace randy will be , celine dion, beyonce , jay z , kanye west carol king , james taylor adam leavin C lo green blake sheldon or christine agurlaria and more

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