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We reported earlier today that it had been confirmed that Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson were locked in as American Idol judges for next season. Now, we’re getting our first official look at all of them at the judges’ table!

Deadline.com posted the picture today which shows Mariah, Keith, Nicki and Randy posing with host Ryan Seacrest in what appears to be New York City auditions (based on the background picture of Central Park):

In addition to the photo, Deadline is reporting on the judges’ placement in regards to speaking to the contestants:

Jackson is keeping his anchor spot as the last judge to speak, while Carey is positioned to open critiques.

Earlier we speculated on the potential chemistry of these four, and even the photo seems a bit awkward, don’t you think? When we polled Hypable users asking if they think the four would have chemistry on camera, the overwhelming majority voted, “No way. This’ll be a train wreck.” Eek! Not a strong first impression with viewers. Most fans were somewhat disappointed to hear the news over the summer that Jennifer Lopez would not be returning to Idol next season to fulfill her judging duties as she had in seasons 10 and 11.

With The X Factor and The Voice still going strong and pulling in 8-12 million viewers, we hope that American Idol finds a way to separate itself from the overly saturated talent show market!

What are your thoughts on the four American Idol judges? Do you think it might be a little too early to tell whether or not they will be great when it airs next year? We wonder what kind of interactions Nicki Minaj will have with the diva known as Mariah Carey and the rather laid back Keith Urban! One thing is for sure, they’ve definitely mixed it up a bit this season which is always hit or miss with viewers!

  • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

    I’m a fan of some of Nicki’s music, but I don’t think Nicki has a place on that panel. I think it’s quite embarrassing for the show, to be quite honest.

    • JJ

      Where did u get this (mis)info?

      • JJ

        oops sorry wrong msg reply!

  • BoyOnFire

    I really do love Nicki, but we all know the only reason she is on here is to bring ratings up.

  • rdh014

    I know this show still gets millions of viewers, and I love the last winner…but honestly this show is so lame now…when are they going to call it quits??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605784922 Kristen Wilhoit

    Well I absolutely adore Keith! He was a fantastic judge/mentor on this season of The Voice: Australia. However, the panel as a whole is a bit odd and it will definitely be interesting to see how they interact. Plus, I was never a fan of the four judges format.

  • Ben

    Nicki is actually a classically trained vocalist.

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq


  • Migs

    I love the diversity of the judges with regards to genre but I’m not really sure about the show itself. I think it’s time to put Idol to rest.

  • Ben

    I agree that her music is kinda crap, but she IS a classically trained singer. My last comment keeps getting down votes, which is not important, but she DOES know what she is talking about, people. I don’t disagree that it is kind of embarrassing for the show, but I’m just calling it like it is. People may not like her, but she can actually sing.

    • JJ

      Where did u get this (mis)info?

  • Gary65

    I am actually quite surprised with this panel. 3 of the 4 judges are black/coloured. Considering that almost all of this show’s audience is in the Midwest, a place not well known for its tolerance, this is a bit of a ballsy move. Explains why the 4th judge is Keith Urban. Still won’t watch though.

  • brneyez

    nicki may have ok music, but she doesn’t belong on the panel. they should of left it with
    mariah the only woman on the panel. keith urban is good, but they should of got another guy if they wanted three new ones or just leave it with randy. they should of never put nicki on the panel….nothing good will come out of this years american idol…and i’ve been a huge fan since the show started…big mistake!!! i think janet jackson would of been a good pick…or maybe chris brown, katy perry, justin timberlake, anyone else along that line…..but not nicki minaj, she doesnt have the personality to do this type of work….like i said WHAT A BIG MISTAKE….

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