Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have been confirmed as American Idol judges. The edgy pop starlet and country singer will join diva Mariah Carey and long-serving Randy Jackson on the panel.
‘SO excited to be joining the team on @AmericanIdol!!!!!!’ tweeted Urban.
The news was released on Twitter this morning as the American Idol account tweeted: ‘It’s official!
‘Your Season 12 Idol judges are Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Meet the judges.’
Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox, released a statement saying: ‘Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop.’
He continued: ‘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.’
Host Ryan Seacrest tweeted: ‘Everyone gave a heartfelt toast about being on the show after we ate last night. Cant wait to see the first contestants today.’
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