American Idol Season 12 will be having a whole bunch of new judges! Save for Randy Jackson that is. Randy, who has been a judge on the AI since Season 1, will be returning as a judge on the talent search. This is contrary to rumors going around that heíll be serving solely as a mentor to the contestants.
But guess who will be joining him on the judging panel? First of all, thereís the diva Mariah Carey! Itís been reported already right? So Iím sure you all know that. Mariah has signed on for a paycheck of $18 million for a one-year stint on the show. Her contract also includes a renewal option.
Now, joining them are singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban! Nicki is getting $12 million on a one-year contract but Keithís paycheck hasnít been revealed. But there are whispers heís getting $6 million for his time.
The new panel of judges was announced on Sunday, a few hours before the first auditions began at the Lincoln Center in New York City. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest tweeted a photo of him with the new judges after the auditions.