Meet Your Two New ‘American Idol’ Judges: Keith Urban And Nicki Minaj

And your new American Idol judges are….Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj!! Fox announced on Sunday that Nicki and Keith will be the two new judges who will be joining Mariah Carey who was also added to the judge panel recently. Of course, all three of them will be with returning judge, the one and only, Randy Jackson.

How did they make the decision? Fox’s president, Mike Darnell says, “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. With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

The network hopes that with the addition of these new, exciting judges, the ratings will increase. It may be a bit difficult because of its competing shows, ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor (USA)’. Only time will tell if the addition of these judges will really affect the viewing numbers.

Ryan Seacrest seems to be excited about the new judges as well, as he posted this picture of them together on his official Facebook page:

American Idol is set to return in January.

Are you excited about Fox’s decision with the new judges? Will you be watching?