Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban named new 'Idol' judges

Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban named new 'Idol' judges

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj accepts the award for Best Female Video onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 11:24 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The "American Idol" judges' panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban.

The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday, just hours before the first round of judging for next season was due to begin in New York.

The announcement also settles the status of Randy Jackson. He will stay put as the sole remaining original "Idol" judge, scotching rumors of a different role for him on the popular talent competition.

This trio joins newcomer Mariah Carey on a judges panel now expanded to four members from its previous three.

They fill vacancies left by Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who announced their exits in July.

"American Idol" returns for its 12th season in January.

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