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Today, Fox has released more high-res photos of the recently announced American Idol judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, as well as host Ryan Seacrest.

Yesterday, we showed you one of the first images of the American Idol judges sitting at the table during auditions at the New York City taping.

Check out some pictures below that show an official group picture of the judges and host Ryan Seacrest, a picture of the judges during taping with Ryan Seacrest, and another of the judges and Seacrest speaking with some press in New York City:

This week, we’ve set this poll up for Hypable readers asking if they are excited about this conjuring of judges. The results have been somewhat mixed, with the majority of readers saying “No way. This’ll be a train wreck.”

Do you think that the new judges have the star power or general interest to bring in an all new audience in strong numbers?

Over the summer such names as Nick Jonas, Pharrell Williams and Adam Lambert had been rumored to fill the the spots that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler left after two seasons on the show.

American Idol’s twelfth season will premiere in 2013.

  • Kathleen

    The first thing I noticed in that picture is that Keith Urban had to tilt his head away from Nicki Minaj to avoid eating her hair

  • Megan

    Does Nicki have to make that face? I feel like she’s taking this as a joke already.

    • LitMer8

      My exact thoughts. Like really? Did she have to make the face? It seems like shes already making the show all about her when really its about the people who actually HAVE talent to sing and are here to show it.

      • http://twitter.com/jthebanks Jay Banks

        Nicki Minaj was obviously hired to be Nicki Minaj. If she toned down her persona, wouldn’t it just be Ellen Degeneres all over again? And let’s be real, yes, Nicki’s a bit cray – but she has a big personality and that’s what people expect from her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ciarra.berkowicz Ciarra Berkowicz

    Three words:

    Down the toilet.

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

    This would actually be a strong judging panel if it wasn’t for one individual. *cough* Nicki *cough*

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