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'American Idol'

Judges Get Right to Work

9/16/2012 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"American Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson wasted no time getting right to work today ... showing up in NYC alongside host Ryan Seacrest for day one of auditions. 

"Idol" made the official announcement about this season's judging panel just a few hours earlier.  

As TMZ first reported, Jackson got a last minute reprieve when producers failed to come to terms on a contract with Enrique Iglesias.

The 12th season of "American Idol" will premiere in January.

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16.

kerrplunk    

What's that thing on the left with that rainbow hair? Give it a bath. Please!

731 days ago
17.

sidithers    

Looks like Mt Douchebagmore

731 days ago
18.

Meanie    

Dead show walking. Minaj judging ANY singer is beyond blasphemy. Like Urban,... the rest can suck ****.

731 days ago
19.

Joao    

I haven't seen American Idol in years---and there's a reason for that. But this line up of "judges" is an indication that it's still a joke, churning out mediocre to nominal "performers".
Don't waste your time.

731 days ago
20.

really! really?    

Would rather watch my dog take a crap in the back yard...

731 days ago
21.

Travis Fields    

FAIL

731 days ago
22.

niles    

Horrible slate of "judges" - recipe for disaster with these losers. And as for Jackson, has he no pride?

731 days ago
23.

Aenwyn    

Love Randy, he is a much better choice than Enrique anyways <3

731 days ago
24.

VICKY    

HATE THE NEW 4 JUDGE PANEL....ESPECIALLY AS THEY ARE GOING FOR BLACK AUDIENCE. WHY ELSE WOULD THEY GET BLACK RATIO 3 TO 1 ON PANEL?? URBAN WILL FEEL OUT LONESOME! RANDY,MIRAH, MINAJ BLACK AND LITTLE URBAN OUT OF LUCK!

731 days ago
25.

Simone    

Judging panel, EPIC FAIL

731 days ago
26.

VICKY    

WHY OH WHY MINAJ??? WHITE PEOPLE ARE TUNING OUT....THEY NEED BLACKS TO WATCH.

MINAJ, SORRY TO SAY, IS BORING, DUMB AND
THAT IS WHY WE WONT WATCH OR CARE WHAT SHE SAYS

731 days ago
27.

Zaidi    

Randy! When you have no place else to go, don't let the producers know that. That's why they held out on you! You must hide your trump card if you're to have a chance at winning!!

731 days ago
28.

Zaidi    

I was going to peek to see Mariah; but with the addition of Nicki, I'm going to pass. She's the definition of Pop Trash!

731 days ago
29.

Thomas Jefferson    

Getting ready for their last season. The so called talent show theme has got so boring over the lasy few years.

731 days ago
30.

South Beach    

Don't see AI going beyond this season, but looking for LOTS of drama..Possibilities include poor Urban hitting the bottle early on, doing shots during commercials (how else to deal with the divas and "Dawg" Jackson?), and after the winner in announced Nicki finally snapping and severing MC's jugular with a fingernail. Now there's some ratings.

731 days ago
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