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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj

One & Done

They Officially Quit 'Idol'

5/30/2013 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mariah Carey made it official ... she will NOT be back at the "American Idol" judges' table for a second season -- and just a few hours later her 'AI' nemesis Nicki Minaj also bolted.

Mariah announced her exit amid rumors that 'AI' producers were going to make a clean sweep anyway before next season.

As we previously reported ... 'Idol' is extremely interested in bringing back Jennifer Lopez to judge next season -- and keeping Mariah and J.Lo would clearly be a bad fit ... and a pricey one at that.

Nicki tweeted her sayonara ... thanking 'Idol' for a "life changing experience."

If you've forgotten just how "life changing" -- TMZ broke the story last October when Nicki and Mariah got into a 4-letter-laced battle royal during 'Idol' auditions in Charlotte.

1002_full_fight_video_nicki_minaj_mariah_carey_launchStill no official word on last man standing, Keith Urban's future. Randy Jackson's already said he won't be back.

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