Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Not Returning to American Idol

photo: fox

photo: fox

It’s official: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj won’t be returning for another season as American Idol judges.

A joint statement from Fox and producers of the singing competition show FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment declared, “Mariah Carey is a true global icon – one of the most accomplished artists on the planet – and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come.”

An updated statement from Fox said, “Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to American Idol and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season. Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”

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One Response to Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Not Returning to American Idol

  1. oirish44 says:

    Well I’m not surprised, as they both want to put efforts into their careers. Will definitely miss Mariah, she brought a real class, poise and grace, and expertise to the judge’s panel. Nicki was fun and always looked forward to her latest “look”. Will miss them both. Wonder who’ll be judging next season, especially with Randy not returning, as well. Nothing on Keith yet? Will he return or not? I haven’t heard anything on him yet. But definitely will be looking forward to hearing who the replacement judges will be for the other three!

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