American Idol releases first official photo of new judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson!
Fox has just released the first official photo of the new American Idol judging table. So who are the judges? Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson!
The photo was taken on the first day of auditions, and was released only two hours after Nicki and Keith were confirmed ad judges.
The photo shows Jackson sitting in his usual seat at one end, with Carey at the other end of the judges’ table. Urban is sitting on Carey’s immediate left, and Minaj is positioned between him and Jackson. (For the past two seasons, Jennifer Lopez sat in the middle, flanked by Steven Tyler and Jackson.)
Ryan Seacrest, also pictured, is returning as host, while Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine is expected to return to provide commentary.
Auditions kicked off Sunday in New York. Other audition cities include Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C.., San Antonio, Baton Rouge, La., and Oklahoma City.
Idol returns in January.
What do you think of the new judges? Do you think they’ll make a good team? *UPDATE* Looks like they may NOT make a good team after all. According to TMZ, Mariah and Nicki are already fighting like cats and dogs, and they’ve just begun to film.
Mariah Carey wasted no time proving what we told you 2 weeks ago — there’s only room for one diva on “American Idol.”
Carey and Nicki Minaj went at it during the first “A.I.” taping Sunday in NYC. When Nicki started critiquing a contestant, Mariah would interrupt — not once, but many times. Each time Mariah interrupted, Nicki fought back by loudly talking over Mariah.
One “A.I.” spy said Mariah and Nicki tried to cover their disdain for each other but everyone saw through it, adding, “These girls just don’t like each other.”
You may recall, we reported when producers called Mariah to tell her that Nicki would probably be joining her as a judge, she hung up the phone.