Country superstar Keith Urban & singer /rapper Nicki Minaj are officially judges this year.
A.P. (The Associated Press Photo)
Fox held out releasing the official cast just hours before auditions start tonight in New York,USA.
Randy Jackson is the only remaining original cast member left. He almost didn't make it back when Fox had picked Enrique Iglesias and then changed their mind and brought back Randy, Simon Cowell tweeted that bringing Randy back was the right decision and I for once agree with him.
Here are the judges
- Randy jackson
- Keith Urban
- Nicki Minaj
- Mariah Carey
Ryan Seacrest will also come back as the host for American Idol's 12th season.
How much do the Idol judges make?
Mariah Carey - she is making a record breaking 18 million a year. Jennifer Lopez made 15 million her 1st year on American Idol.
Keith Urban - makes 3-4 million a year.
Nicki Minaj - gets 10 million a year.
Randy Jackson - gets his unknown salary plus a cut off Mariah's salary.
It's gonna be interesting
I'm not sure Nicki is qualified to be a Idol judge, she is a new artist and very young,plus the tension with Randy Jackson knowing that Fox really didn't want him to come back also should make for some interesting TV,Keith Urban left the UK's voice and lied about coming to Idol but I do think he will make an awesome judge and since he is the lowest paid and is a Grammy Award winning, multi platinum artist, I think he will be hard to impress.
Finally Mariah Carey is just happy to be there,seeing as how she is one of the greatest singers ever & the top selling female artist of all time, she brings a lot to the judges.
I think this could be the best year ever for American Idol, I hope the talent this year is better than the past few years,because if it is, American Idol will be awesome this year.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.