By Andrew Gans
16 Sep 2012
When the show returns in January 2013, judges will include multiple Grammy winner Mariah Carey, returning judge Randy Jackson, quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj, and four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban.
Ryan Seacrest will again host the top-rated program.
“I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and 'Idol''s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to 'Idol' – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him,” said Mike Darnell, president of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement. “With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”
Executive producer Simon Fuller added, “With the exciting addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, alongside Randy Jackson, 'American Idol''s star power has never been so great. For this we have to thank the ongoing commitment and belief of FOX and the dedication and focus of the 'Idol' production team. We have all been together since the very beginning and we are focused on making 'Idol' Season 12 the best ever.”
Numerous "American Idol" winners and finalists have played Broadway.