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New American Idol judges named

New American Idol judges named Host Ryan Seacrest with judges (from left) Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson (AP)

Mon, September 17, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj and Australian country singer Keith Urban will join the American Idol judges panel when the TV competition's 12th season starts in January, the Fox network said yesterday.

The panel is growing from three to four judges next season, with singer Mariah Carey, hired in July, and "Idol" original Randy Jackson sitting with Minaj and Urban, the network said.

The judges immediately jumped into action Sunday, auditioning singers at New York's Lincoln Center.

Rocker Steven Tyler and singer Jennifer Lopez left the show at the end of last season, after judging for two seasons.

Jackson's return was made official after weeks of speculation he would move to a mentor role on the show.

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Posted by J Gibbs 1 year, 11 months ago
And this is news because ... ?

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Posted by Nat Wiltshire 1 year, 11 months ago
It's news for those interested in popular culture. I am quite sure if a certain daughter of the soil was being named a judge we probably wouldn't question whether it was news or not.

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Posted by harry callahan 1 year, 11 months ago
"niggy manaja" that filthy mouth rich girl.useless
and sounds like crap Keith urban.
no wonder i don't watch that junk.

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