Nicki Minaj CONFIRMED American Idol Judge -- First Photos!





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Published on Sep 17, 2012

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Barbz! Nicki Minaj is now officially- Judge Nicki on American Idol Season 12! Hey guys, I'm Misty Kingma, welcome back to ClevverMusic. We told you weeks ago that Nicki Minaj was in talks to join Season 12 of Fox's 'American Idol' as a judge on the panel, and now we can confirm the deal is 100% official. Nicki Minaj joins new judge Mariah Carey, old timer Randy Jackson, and newcomer Country singer Keith Urban. The panel has expanded from last year's three judges back to four this year. Previous contenders for the gig since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their departure from the show included Nick Jonas, Pharrell Williams and Enrique Iglesias.

The announcement was made just hours before the first round of auditions for Season 12 in New York was to begin. Talk about waiting until the last second! Now, what are these stars gonna be earning for their year on the show? Mariah Carey will be earning between $17-18 million as previously reported, while new judge Nicki Minaj is earning somewhere from $10-12million. Country singer Keith will earn much less at $3-5 million.

The first day of auditions has arrived for the judges and here are your first look photos from set! Keith said on his first day, he plans to be "authentic" but not cruel. Nicki said she will be looking for "a superstar" which is "something that can't be defined by words." Mariah Carey, when asked whether or not she had eagerly awaited the news of who the other judges would be joked no, "because all I really care about is me," she added, "Only kidding." Well if this is any indication of what we are in store for this season- we can't wait!

What do you think of Nicki and Keith added as judges- who will be the 'mean' one? Leave us a comment and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Idol news, see you next time.

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