After many months, the high pitch of speculation has been quieted with one Ryan Seacrest tweet confirming that this season’s American Idol judges panel will be filled by Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson (still hanging!), all as pictured above. Apologies to those who didn’t make the cut, Aretha Franklin, Alanis Morisette, Kanye West and a Jo-bro included. (Assuming this season’s chosen four do well enough to boost lagging ratings,) There is always next season!
And so begins the next round of speculations, this time as to: Can everybody get along? Who will be the mean judge? And, most vitally to the executives shelling out the big bucks for these three, can the new and all-star panel compete with Britney Spears on The X Factor and Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo on The Voice? According to TMZ, things have gotten off to a rough start with Mariah interrupting Nicki “not once, but many times,” leaving Nicki with no option but to talk over her. And thus dashed already are our hopes of a season’s worth of “Up Out My Face” inspired matching costumes. But maybe this sort of drama is what producers wanted, a new life-blood for a show that’s twelve seasons deep and quickly shedding viewers to other competition shows like The Voice and The X Factor.
[Photo: Mariah Carey/Twitter]