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"American Idol" Judges Confirmed: Carey, Minaj, Urban and Jackson 

FOX (NEW YORK) -- After weeks of rumors, Fox has finally announced the new judging panel for American Idol, and it's no surprise: all the names we've heard mentioned have turned out to be true.  Your new judges are Mariah Carey -- already announced weeks ago -- plus rapper Nicki Minaj, country superstar Keith Urban and original judge Randy Jackson.  They'll meet prospective contestants Sunday in New York City.

In a statement, Fox executive Mike Darnell said, "With an unparallelled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we've put together one of the most exciting judging panels around."

The new season of Idol debuts January 2013.

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Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Close to Deals with "American Idol": Report

Fox(NEW YORK) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj and country superstar Keith Urban may be nearing deals to take the vacant judges’ seats on American Idol, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR also said that Minaj and Urban have been in talks with the show for weeks, but Minaj’s involvement was a sticking point, since she has a lucrative endorsement deal with Pepsi, and Coke is a sponsor of American Idol.  But it appears those issues have been resolved, and that Minaj would earn $8 million for her participation on the show, in addition to an extra allowance for wardrobe, hair and makeup.

Urban, who’s married to Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, has reportedly agreed to become a judge for a salary of $3 to $4 million. Mariah Carey, the only officially-announced judge, is said to be getting in the neighborhood of $18 million.

It’s still unclear if original judge Randy Jackson will hang on or become a mentor.  According to THR, if the show’s producers can find another judge for the right price, he might be moved off the panel. 

In a related story,  E! News said Miley Cyrus is no longer in consideration for a spot on the show — reportedly, discussions with the star never got very far and she never seriously contemplated taking the job.

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More Musical Chairs for "American Idol": Kanye West to Join Judges?

George Napolitano/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The latest rumor linking a celebrity to the judges' table on the next season of American Idol has Kanye West in the running for a seat next to Mariah Carey.

TMZ reports Idol producers recently reached out to the rapper asking him to fill one of the open slots left by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

It’s reported that West would expect his paycheck to “at least match Mariah’s salary” of $18 million, but that he’s still “on the fence” about joining the talent show.  Calls to West’s people by TMZ have not been returned.

There is still some doubt that Randy Jackson will make a return to the show and there is also the possibility of a fourth judge being added to the mix.  Brad Paisley, Enrique Iglesias and Keith Urban are all rumored to be in the running.

In more behind-the-scenes AI drama, reports that Nicki Minaj is to join the show mean Carey’s commitment may be in jeopardy.  TMZ sources say Carey “hung up the phone” when she was told that Minaj was up for a place at the judge’s table, claiming that she was assured that she would be the only female on the panel.

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Report: Nick Jonas, Pharrell Williams in Talks to Become "American Idol" Judges

ABC News Radio/Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Nick Jonas and N.E.R.D. rapper Pharrell Williams are the lead candidates to fill the two open judge positions on American Idol, sources tell

An insider tells the website, "Nick is pretty close to signing to be the Idol judge.  They flew him in to L.A. last week for final meetings." 

According to another source, Idol producers think Jonas "can help bring that younger demo to the show."

Williams is reportedly still negotiating the terms of his contract.  "Everything is looking good, but they're still working out details," an insider said.

Mariah Carey has already been confirmed as a new judge, and original American Idol judge Randy Jackson is expected to return next season.

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Two Judges Involved in Lindsay Lohan's DUI Case Disciplined

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has put her DUI case behind her, but there are still some lingering aftereffects.

Two Los Angeles County Superior Court judges have been disciplined by California’s Commission on Judicial Performance for their handling of the case, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Judge Marsha Revel, who sent Lindsay to jail in the summer of 2010 after ruling that the Mean Girls star violated her probation, was found to have improperly met alone with an attorney who wanted to represent Lindsay.

Judge Elden Fox was found to have improperly denied bail to Lindsay later that year after she failed a drug test. After Fox made the decision, an appeal was filed and another judge set bail.

A judicial expert tells the Los Angeles Times the panel’s disciplinary actions on the judges are tantamount to a “wrist slap.”

Lindsay’s formal probation in her DUI case ended in March.

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Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus in the Mix to Judge "X Factor?"

Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it looks likely that Britney Spears will be joining the X Factor judging panel, but there’s still one spot up for grabs. Now, reports claim that it could be filled by Demi Lovato or Miley Cyrus.

The Hollywood Reporter said Lovato is in “final negotiations” to fill the vacant judges’ slot on the Fox singing competition, which currently features Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and -- possibly -- Spears. The trade publication said the show wanted to hire a brunette. Meanwhile, a source told that “there have been talks with Miley” about joining the show. Others on the shortlist reportedly include “Black Eyed Peas” front woman Fergie and Avril Lavigne.

As for Spears, a source told Celebuzz, “Britney’s deal is not done, it’s close, but we are not that far ahead to be making a formal announcement.” It’s rumored that Spears will cash a $15 million paycheck for her trouble.

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Fox Announces 'American Idol' Changes; Judges Meet the Media

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Viewers will notice a few changes to American Idol once it debuts its 10th season next week.

At a Television Critics Association meeting on Tuesday in Pasadena, California, Fox announced that only 20 semifinalists -- 10 guys and 10 girls -- will be selected following a special Las Vegas round, during which the hopefuls will perform Beatles songs on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired LOVE show.  The brand-new Vegas round will follow the Hollywood round.

In addition to holdover Randy Jackson, the show has a new judges' panel that includes Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, all of whom addressed reporters at the TCA panel.  Lopez said she and fellow newcomer Steven Tyler will bring a fresh perspective to the show.

She said, “We’re artists, we’ve been up there, we’ve auditioned, we’ve been through the rank  [Steven has] toured for, what, 40 years....There’s nothing like having that type of discussion with another artist to help you grow.”

Jackson says viewers will see a different side of him this season because of all the changes, describing himself as "more of an assertive dawg."

American Idol premieres Jan. 19 with auditions in New York/New Jersey.  The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16 and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24, and the 10 finalists -- as well as the judges' wild-card picks -- will be announced March 3.

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