Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Head to Idol

Singers complete the 4-member judge panel
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2012 9:58 AM CDT
Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban Head to Idol
Keith Urban is headed to the "American Idol" judges table, where he'll be joined by Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Randy Jackson returns for another season.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Keith Urban, get ready for your head to spin: The country crooner is headed for the American Idol judges' panel, where he'll be joined by Nicki Minaj, reports the AP. The newly minted judges, announced by Fox this morning, will join fellow newcomer Mariah Carey and veteran judge Randy Jackson at an expanded table. The first round of judging kicks off today; the 12th season of Idol returns in January. (Read more American Idol stories.)

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