In news that surprises no one, neither Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey will be returning as judges for ‘American Idol.’ Both confirmed their exits via Twitter on Thursday, with Mimi’s publicist throwing in a plug for her single and upcoming tour.
Later, Minaj tweeted:
With mainstay Randy Jackson gone, and these two out, that leaves Keith Urban, who was a damn good judge, but I don’t expect him to sign on for another season. At Fox‘s upfront presentation to advertisers in May, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly stated the show would be returning to a three-judge format for it’s 13th season. According to E! News, former Idol contestant and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson has already signed on to be a judge, and word has it the show is also looking for Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken to take a seat at the judges table.
These are some of the most successful and recognizable Idols, so I think they’d work out and help the show to grain back a lot of it’s viewers. Are you going to miss Mariah and Nicki on the show, and do you think JHud and other former contestants would make good judge?