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American Idol line-up finalised

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will join the panel this year

Two new judges will join a revamped American Idol panel for the show’s new series, it has been announced.

Rapper Nicki Minaj and country music star – and husband to Nicole Kidman – Keith Urban will join long-time judge Randy Jackson and fellow new face Mariah Carey on the panel this year.

The pair have been favourites to replace departing judges Steve Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, for months, however the news was only confirmed by Fox on 16 September.

Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, said in a statement:

“We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and Idol’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

“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-favourite 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.”

Urban was formerly a judge on the Australian version of The Voice, alongside Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Seal. He announced he would not be returning for the next season earlier this month.

Series 12 of American Idol is set to kick off at the beginning of 2013.

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Mariah joins American Idol

Mariah, with husband Nick Cannon, joins Idol panel

Superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as a judge on the upcoming new series of American Idol.

The Glitter star will join the all-star panel, following the departure of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler and singer Jennifer Lopez, who left the reality programme to focus on her music career.

The new mum will reportedly be paid a huge $18million for a one-year stint on the show, with the option of renewing her contract next year.

Forty-two-year-old Carey will be joined by long-serving judge Randy Jackson, who is also her joint manager. There has been no official announcement regarding a third judge, however teen queen Miley Cyrus and former Idol contestant, Adam Lambert are said to be in the frame.

Despite their big name signing with Mariah, American Idol does face increasing pressure from shows like The Voice and X Factor USA.

Last season’s finale drew the least amount of viewers in its history and the show is seeing a decline in young adult viewing figures.

Fox entertainment chief, Kevin Rielly said:

“Not being the only game in town now, we need to keep things fresh.

“We have the biggest names in the business, like Mariah Carey, interested in doing this.

“So for the next couple of weeks it will be a matter of picking the right one, with the right chemistry, making the deal and finalising this.”

Carey has previously appeared on the seventh series of American Idol as a mentor and was also set to advise Simon Cowell on the X Factor USA, but had to cancel her appearance due to Hurricane Irene.

Her husband, Nick Cannon presents rival show, America’s Got Talent.

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Marc Anthony files for divorce

It's officially over for Jennifer and Marc

Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from Jennifer Lopez, it has been revealed.

The couple announced that they would be ending their marriage in July 2011, after seven years together.

According to entertainment website TMZ, Anthony filed papers at the LA County Superior Court on 9 April, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

The performer is asking for joint custody of the pair’s four-year-old twins, Emme and Max.

Lopez and Anthony have continued to work together since their split, appearing on Fox reality show Q’Viva. They are also set to perform together for the programme’s live concert on 26 May.

This is American Idol star Jennifer’s third divorce, after splitting from Ojani Noa after 11 months and dancer Chris Judd, who she divorced in January 2003.

She is currently in a relationship with backing dancer, Casper Smart.


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