Idol Judges

We thought this day would never come! After years months of speculation, rumors and guesswork, Fox has finally and officially announced the new American Idol judges for season 12. 

America...this is your judging panel!

Country superstar Keith Urban and rapper Nicki Minaj have joined Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson behind the table on Fox's reality series staple. The foursome will make their first appearance today in New York, where season 12 auditions will officially kick off.

"SO excited to be joining the team on ‪@AmericanIdol!!!!!! -KU #idoljudges," Urban tweeted Sunday morning.

Mariah Carey confirmed her acceptance of the Idol gig by calling into Fox's TCA presentation in July. "I am so excited to be joining Idol. I wish I could have been there myself to tell you," she told reporters over speakerphone. "It all kind of just happened real quickly. I can't wait to get started in a couple months. I will see you in January!"

Original Idol judge Randy Jackson was reportedly going to be dropped from the show as a judge, but then it was Enrique Iglesias who was dropped in favor of bringing back Jackson. Former Idol judge Simon Cowell tweeted that Randy was the "right decision."

Rumors of Urban joining Idol reached a fever-pitch when he announced he was quitting his judging spot on the Australian edition of The Voice. "I've been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice. And as much as I'd love to do it again, it's clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments will keep me from being a part of the second season," the country crooner said in a statement. 

Finally, Minaj was always speculated to be a sure thing while the rumor mill churned, however she told us recently at the MTV Video Music Awards that she still hadn't made up her mind about joining the Fox reality series. Looks like her mind is made up now!

While the "Starships" rapper has yet to officially comment on the news, Minaj retweeted Ryan Seacrest's photo of the new judges posing with Jackson and a group of other people Sunday morning.

What do you think of your new judges Idol fans? Was there a certain singer you hoped would sign on instead? See you down in the comments for some much-needed discussion!

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