After what seems like years of speculation, American Idol has finally announced who their new judges will be. We all knew that Mariah Carey had been signed on, and now we know who will fill the three empty seats beside her. Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson will all be a judge on the upcoming season of Idol.

“It’s official, your new #IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj, @Keith Urban & @Yo_RandyJackson!” American Idol host Ryan Seacrest tweeted.

Just a couple of weeks ago it looked like Randy Jackson would no longer be a judge on the show, but it looks like a he was brought back on when producers failed to get a contract done with Enrique Iglesias. Now that we know who the new judges will be, we’re all wondering how much they will be getting paid! Mariah Carey will make the most with a contract worth around $18 million. Nicki Minaj will be making between $8 and $12 million and Keith Urban will be taking home $4 million.

“I am thrilled about this year’s judges panel. 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.” Mike Darnell, Fox President of Alternative Entertainment said.

Well, there you have it, folks! What do you think of the new judges? Personally, I am not a fan; Randy is still Randy, Mariah seems like a terribly boring person, Nicki Minaj is incredibly annoying and Keith Urban is…Keith Urban.

Zachary is an aspiring writer and an avid cereal eater. He has published articles on pretty much everything in his short writing career, and prides himself on not being limited to any one category. His number one goal is a simple one: to entertain. He loves me I know him. :)


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