‘American Idol’ Makes Its New Judges Lineup Official

Sep 17, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"American Idol" has officially named its new panel of four judges, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times. The two new judges are Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, who will join Mariah Carey, also new to the show, and original judge Randy Jackson.

"Fox was under pressure to get deals finalized with Ms. Minaj and Mr. Urban because the first tapings of auditions for a new season of ‘Idol’ begin Sunday night [Sept. 16] in New York; the shows will begin broadcasts in January. The network had held off from confirming the widespread rumors of their selection because they had not signed their contracts until this weekend," Carter writes.

Urban and Minaj replace Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who both worked on the show for two seasons. The changes come after the program’s ratings dropped about 30% last season, the piece adds.

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