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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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31.

JUstin    

American Idol should have done their research a little better - Nicki Minaj is on a lot of people's Sh*t list at the moment ...lol

581 days ago
32.

Seldombinlaid    

I'll not be watching. I don't like how you treated Randy Jackson after all of these years.

581 days ago
33.

John dowser    

Nicki Minaj ? Really?

That's just great. we get to have a devil worshiping nutbag for our kids to watch before bed. Frickin Hollywood...

They ratings are going to hit the crapper big time. Her music sucks.

581 days ago
34.

Seldombinlaid    

Who are these two chicks?

581 days ago
35.

Truth    

IGLESIAS IS A CRY BABY DIVA. NO DOUBT THE DUDE WEARS A SKIRT PRIVATELY. IT'S NO WONDER THEY COULDN'T COME TO AN AGREEMENT. THE SAME DUDE WHO CRIED CAUSE HE COULDN'T GET EQUAL BILLING WITH BRITNEY ON HER TOUR EVEN THOUGH HE WAS THE OPENING ACT!! GOOD RIDDANCE. AS FOR KEITH URBAN THAT'S A GOOD GIG FOR HIM SEEING AS HIS CAREER WAS HEADING TO HAS-BEEN STATUS. NICE PAPER FOR 4 MOS.. #TRUTH!!

581 days ago
36.

Yup    

Notice how everyone has a normal smile, except for no-talent attention whore nicki minaj? Clear indicator of how things are going to go...

581 days ago
37.

Seldombinlaid    

Rico who? Dawg, get on out of there buddy. They don't know how to treat someone who has always been there brother.

581 days ago
38.

anya2u    

Wow ....That's one FUGLY CLOWN on the far left !

581 days ago
39.

devilgirl    

Snoresville. Stick a fork in that show already.

581 days ago
40.

Home Skillet    

Minaj is awful. A punk who doesn't deserve the gig.

581 days ago
41.

Truth    

COWELL IS DESPERATE. HE'S POACHING STAFF FROM THE VOICE. FIRST, NO TALENT ELECTRO AUTO-TUNE RAPPER IN WILL.I.AM FROM 'THE VOICE - UK' AS MENTOR FOR BRIT BRIT'S TEAM... NOW KEITH URBAN WHO WAS A JUDGE FOR 'THE VOICE - AUSTRALIA'. #TRUTH!!

581 days ago
42.

1    

I see dead people...and I won't lose sleep over it any longer....

581 days ago
43.

Home Skillet    

Is this show even relevant anymore? <-- that's a rhetorical question.

581 days ago
44.

Sally    

OMG that Nicki Minaj has ruined it for me - I cannot watch with her on the program. She is talentless and I am shocked they hired her.

581 days ago
45.

monique    

nicki minaj ...thank god my t.v blew up years ago (i won't have to watch, having to read about her her on tmz will be more then enough)

581 days ago
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