This news will likely come as no shock to anyone who has been following the Idol news since the recent finale. Idol judges and best of friends (hah), Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have both confirmed that they will not be returning for season 13 of the long-running Fox reality singing competition.
Carey’s publicists, PMK-BNC tweeted the following yesterday as an official statement: “W/ global success of ‘#Beautiful’ (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”
Fox followed up by releasing a statement amount the Grammy award winning performer. “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.”
The announcement of Minaj’s departure followed shortly after, with Fox adding an addendum to their statement, saying “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.”
I don’t think many fans will be inclined to shed tears over the departure of these two after a season of cat-fights and melodrama. Assuming Keith Urban follows suit and packs his bags, the good news is that the judges’ panel is wide open! Who do you think would be a good fit as judges for season 13 of American Idol?