We’ve been hearing tons of rumours about ‘American Idol’ over the past few months especially regarding the judges but now we’ve got the official judges list. Let’s get started shall we?
We already knew that Mariah Carey had been confirmed as a judge with a whopping $18 million salary and we can now report that she will be joined at the judging table by none other than Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and the ever-colourful ‘Pink Friday’ rapper herself, Nicki Minaj.
Host supreme Ryan Seacrest confirmed the news tweeting a photo with the entire team writing, “It’s official, your new #IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj, @KeithUrban & @Yo_RandyJackson!”
“Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop,” said Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell in a statement. “And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him. With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”
Filming for season 12 of ‘American Idol’ begins today (September 16th) and the show returns to Fox in January 2013.