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'American Idol'

Only 1 Judge

Has Signed On

9/5/2012 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0905_mariah_carey_american_idol_article_2"American Idol" is in a pickle -- the judges start their on-air auditions in New York City in 2 weeks, and only one judge has signed a deal ... sources connected with the show tell TMZ.

Our sources tell us ... only Mariah Carey has inked a deal ... and a good deal it is at $18 mil.

We know although producers are set on Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban ... they have not fully come to terms on the deal and nothing is signed.

And it gets worse.  We're told "A.I." honchos want 4 judges on the panel this year, because they don't think 2 women and a man will work.  And they have not picked the 4th.

But wait ... there's more.  Randy Jackson -- who is being kicked upstairs to mentor -- has not signed his deal either.

So right now ... it's Ryan Seacrest and Mariah Carey.  On the bright side, it could be entertaining to see Mariah as Sybil.

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Jen    

Why is this sh*tty show still on the air?! Honestly, who watches this garbage?!

693 days ago
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Toilethead    

Good! I hope that show finally dies.

693 days ago
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TMZMember12    

How about Janet Jackson?! She can use more money to help her siblings.

693 days ago
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Quntin    

Mariah, get out while you still can.

693 days ago
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Delaware D    

Jumped the Shark.

693 days ago
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Don Martin    

Does anyone else think televisions totally sucks with all these wannabe star shows designed to create more fat cats than real stars?

693 days ago
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Joao    

Who gives a gnats ass. Nobody [intelligent] watches that stupid show any more. It's not a talent show, it's low brow entertainment.

693 days ago
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Laura    

I just hope they hire someone who finally puts an end to this show. Their choices get more and more ridiculous.

693 days ago
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MsSharon1031    

TMZ there you go again you know that the other judges have been signed so just come clean and tell us who they are. Many are praying one is NOT Nicki Minaj because if she is on panel the show is toast.

693 days ago
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Sandi    

How many people will know who Sybil is?

693 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I say ax the Nicki idea and bring Paula back. I miss her pill popping antics and they would be even more entertaining matched with Mariah's drunken divatude. With those two you can throw in any man you want.

693 days ago
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Ace    

Courtney Stodden might make a good judge.

693 days ago
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gamepro    

maybe it time to retire the show so that it ended in a good respectful show and with talented judges but i hope your not keeping it a float just so you can earn more money thats not what shows are to supposed to be about

693 days ago
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MsSharon1031    

Looks like TMZ is only attracting some hateful and negative people who just want to trash everything. American Idol is still the highest rated singing reality show on TV. If you haters don't like the show just don't watch.

693 days ago
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LRT    

Looks like it time to cancel! It's 15 minutes are up!!!

693 days ago
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