‘American Idol‘ FINALLY has it’s judges panel, and it was revealed when the show started it’s auditions in New York on Sunday. Joining Mariah Carey were Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban along with Randy Jackson host Ryan Seacrest at Jazz at Lincoln Center where the auditions were being held. Late last week Urban abruptly quit his job as coach on the Australian version of ‘The Voice’ fueling rumors he had landed the AI gig.
Way too many people were being considered for a spot alongside Carey, who was the first new judged to be announced, at the judge’s table including Kanye West, Enrique Iglesias and a JoBro. It doesn’t matter which one because he didn’t get picked. While Mimi is getting paid a hefty $18 million in her one-year contract with renewal rights, Minaj will be pocketing $12 million according to the Associated Press. A rep for Urban wouldn’t comment on his salary, but you know it was enough to get him to quit his other show and come back to the States for AI. As for his role on the show, he doesn’t plan on being the “mean” judge saying,
“I did similar shows when I was very young in Australia,” he recalled, “and I was sort of crucified by one judge. So I don’t know that I’ll ever be THAT guy.”
Before she learned of who she would be sharing the show with, Mariah thought about how she would approach new job,
“Am I the mean one? Am I the nice one? … It’s not about me, me, me, it’s about them (the contestants) and what I can bring to them to help guide them in the right direction.”
We know it’ll all be about Mariah anyways, but we’ll have to wait to see how they the newbies do as judges when the show returns next year. I have to say this is the oddest mix of people, and I don’t like how they now have four judges, like the other shows, instead of the original three. What is the point of Randy sticking around–it’s time to move on, dog!