Sunday, September 16, 2012

Keith Urban & Nicki Minaj New “Idol” Judges

The country singer and the outrageous rapper have joined Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey on the judging panel for season 12, according to  Expected for the past week, Fox made the formal announcement Sunday morning as all four judges get set to appear at Idol auditions in New York.

Minaj’s contract is rumored to be in the $10 million to $12 million range. Urban, who quit his gig as a judge on the Australian version of The Voicelate last week, is rumored to be earning about $3 million to $5 million next season.

“With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment. “With the exciting addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, alongside Randy Jackson, American Idol’s star power has never been so great,” added executive producer Simon Fuller.

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