New American Idol Judges Panel, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson Kick Off Auditions

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So, it happened. Those “final talks” Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were in with American Idol producers worked out. No matter how much Mariah Carey fumed (maybe), it all played out. Randy Jackson‘s sticking around too, and not as a “mentor.” Welcome to your new American Idol judges’ panel comprising this motley crew — Nicki, Keith, Mariah and Randy. How’s that going to work out, you think? Apparently, Randy got to keep his judge position because talks with Enrique Iglesias didn’t work out. And while we’re fond of Randy, dawg, we’re kind of miffed that ‘Rique won’t be hitting out screens regularly because, you know … it’s Enrique Iglesias. Ryan Seacrest tweeted out a picture of the new panel confirming the news, less than a day ago, writing, “It’s official, your new #IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj, @KeithUrban & @Yo_RandyJackson!” Auditions rounds have already begun — in New York — because Mariah also tweeted the picture you see above of all four judges presiding over the AI panel, with Seacrest looming, of course. Her tweet read, “At the @AmericanIdol judging table… Oh and @RyanSeacrest is here too!”

May we just say — word to Nicki’s hair!

[Photo via Twitter]

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