Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have been confirmed to join the judging panel on the US American Idol!
The pair will take over from Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler who left the show a few months ago.
In a statement FOX said:
“We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and Idol‘s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban,” said Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. 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-favourite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”
The Executive producer Simon Fuller carried on in saying:
“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.
“For this we have to thank the ongoing commitment and belief of Fox and the dedication and focus of the Idol production team. We have all been together since the very beginning and we are focused on making Idol Season 12 the best ever.”