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Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Named New 'American Idol' Judges

'American Idol' has concluded the search for its new judges by signing up Nicki Minaj (photosNicki Minaj photos) and Keith Urban.

Fox has officially confirmed the singers have joined 'Idol' just hours after auditions for next season were to begin in New York.

Minaj will reportedly take in $12 million for the one-year deal, while Urban's compensation is as yet unknown.

However, Urban quite the Australian version of 'The Voice' to take on the job, so the number is likely a significant upgrade.

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

The two will join the previously announced Mariah Carey (photosMariah Carey photos) and Randy Jackson, the only judge who has been with the show since it's first season.

"With the exciting addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, alongside Randy Jackson, American Idol's star power has never been so great," adds executive producer Simon Fuller.

"For this we have to thank the ongoing commitment and belief of FOX and the dedication and focus of the Idol production team. We have all been together since the very beginning and we are focused on making Idol Season 12 the best ever."

September 17, 2012 |

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