NICKI Minaj and Keith Urban are set to join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson on the American Idol judges’ panel.
FOX made the announcement Sunday, The TV talent shoe’s 12th season debuts in January.
“It’s really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the American Idol family,” Urban, 44, says. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same passion that I have for music in all of the participants.”
Minaj, 29, whose addition to the show was buzzed-about last month, teased her Twitter followers earlier in the weekend with a vague promise for “info tmrw…”
Host Ryan Seacrest later confirmed the news with a sweet snapshot of the Idol cast and crew.
“It’s official,” he wrote Sunday.
The announcement ties up yet another Idol casting shakeup that saw the departure of Jennifer Lopez and rocker Steven Tyler after two seasons.
Carey, who will reportedly rake in about $18 million for the season, Tweeted in July, “I’m excited to help find and nurture new talent.”
Recent reports claimed Mariah is furious that Nicki will be joining her on the show.
“Mariah was led to believe she would be the only woman on the judge’s panel,” a source said.
“Some bosses believe it’s a mistake to have 2 women and a man on the panel, and a 4th male judge would be necessary.”
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