Belfast Telegraph

Friday 30 January 2015

Nicki and Keith new Idol judges

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have been announced as new American Idol judges (AP)
Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have been announced as new American Idol judges (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 welcomed the pair with an announcement on 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 rumours 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.

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Aquarius:

A cherished dream is elusive. It will be best to change gear, at least for the immediate future. Pursue a moneymaking opportunity with creative appeal. Getting paid to exercise your imagination will lift your spirits. By the time you finish this assignment, you may be in better condition to pursue your primary goal. A brilliant idea for operating on a shoestring budget will come. At that point, nothing will stand between you and success. Stay calm and take things one step at a time.More