“American Idol” is reportedly getting new judges and a big makeover for Season 13.
According to sources, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are all getting pink slips! “All four are gone,” a source told TheWrap. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe will also reportedly be shown the door as part of an effort to reinvigorate the series that’s struggling in the ratings department. The rumored makeover also includes getting rid of dated themed-nights — sorry, Burt Bacharach — in an effort to attract a younger audience. The dated themes and stale format have been complaints of current “Idol” critics this season as the show has fallen to new ratings lows and is often bested by “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family.” NBC’s “The Voice” has also dethroned the series in the singing competition category.
The dismissal of current judges has been rumored over the last couple of weeks. There was a report that “Idol” had attempted to replace Carey with former judge Jennifer Lopez and soon after, another report stating Minaj will likely be shown the door. Carey’s husband Nick Cannon also hinted at Carey’s future exit.
“In the book of Mariah Carey, ‘American Idol’ will be a footnote,” Cannon said.