Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj Both Officially Leave ‘American Idol’

They're Both Planning To Focus On New Music

A little while back we learned that American Idol would be revamping its image– and trying to gain back many of the viewers it lost– with some new blood at the judge’s table. As it turned out, having big-name stars like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did very little in the grand scheme of ratings, and we heard rumors about them wanting to bring on former Idol stars as judges. The rumors were confirmed when Jennifer Hudson officially signed on as a judge for next season, and now we’re learning that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are officially out. Click inside for more!

People has the deets:

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are singing their swan songs to American Idol.

On Thursday, Carey reTweeted a post by her reps that announced, “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”

Minutes later, Minaj Tweeted: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”

The news comes after weeks of speculation that the entire current judges panel would be leaving the show.

Carey and Minaj followed the departure of the show’s top “dawg,” Randy Jackson, who said he was looking forward to “focusing on my company … and other business ventures.”

Only the fate of Keith Urban remains in question.

One thing about Carey’s departure is certain – she is not leaving without her hands full.

“The rest of this year is jam-packed with Mariah putting the finishing touches on her much anticipated forthcoming album, headlining the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and appearing in Lee Daniels’s The Butler, opening in August,” her rep tells PEOPLE in a statement.

Well, we pretty much saw this coming. And honestly, it doesn’t seem like any fans of the show will be especially disappointed. From what I kept hearing, Nicki was considered to be a good judge, but all of the drama (real or staged) between her and Mariah was a little much.

Now that J-Hud is on board, I’m actually kind of excited to see who they’re going to bring to the judge’s table. Any guesses?

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  1. Nathan

    I can’t see Keith Urban being the only one who stays. I think the executives at Idol need to accept that the show just isn’t what it used to be and let it end before it’s forced to end by Fox.

  2. Ok. So. Where did that hand on Ryan’s left shoulder come from (on the right from our perspective). It may be that it’s cropped from a larger picture, but I have no clue LOL!

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