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Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Officially Join American Idol

After Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler left American Idol, rumors were abound as to who would fill their spots. Now everyone can stop guessing: producers of the hit reality show revealed today that Mariah Carey and longtime judge Randy Jackson will be bumping shoulders with Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban at the judging table for the reality competition's twelfth season.

"It's really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the American Idol family. I'm looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same passion that I have for music in all of the participants," Urban, 44, said.

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Aspiring hopefuls will be greeted by the four-person panel at the auditions, which begin this Sunday in New York City. The season is set to air in January.

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