The final lineup of the new American Idol judges for season 12 has been released. This season, American Idol underwent a number of changes including the four members of judging panel. From original member of the panel Randy Jackson, then the Grammy-winning artist Mariah Carey, followed by the rapper Nicki Minaj and the country singer Keith Urban.

American Idol' judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban - first photo
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Rapper Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban confirmed as new additions to the show's panel of judges only yesterday, September 16, 2012. While Mariah Carey confirmed last July 23, 2012.

American Idol founder Simon Fuller said, "American Idol" has been a ratings juggernaut since it debuted on Fox in 2002 but audiences are now only about half the more than 30 million who watched regularly in the show's 2005 and 2006 heyday. The last season finale in May drew a record low of just 21.5 million viewers and Idol lost its eight-year crown as the most-watched program on U.S. television to "Sunday Night Football."

The three new judges are replacements for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who both left at the end of American Idol season 11.

American Idol season 12 is expected to return to Fox in early 2013.

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