Report: An American Idol Shakeup? All Four Judges Not Returning Next Season
Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson
A huge shakeup may be in the works for the next season of American Idol.
All four judges on the show — Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban — will be out of a job come next season, according to a report from TheWrap.com.
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Each of the Idol judges has options for next season, but the network allegedly doesn't plan to pick them up because "They feel they've lost their core audience, and they want it back," a source told the website.
The site also claims that producer Nigel Lythgoe won't be asked back either.
Although major name judges have come and gone over the show's 12 seasons, Jackson is the only mainstay from the first season. His original compatriots Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell left the show long ago for other projects.
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If the speculation is true, Idol will probably be saving a few pennies. The combined salaries for Jennifer Lopez (in 2012), Minaj and Carey equaled a jaw-dropping $45 million.
A representative for Fox had no comment.
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