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‘American Idol’ names new panel of judges

"American Idol” Season 12 judges are: Randy Jackson, left, Mariah Carey, host Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Credit: Fox

Season 12 of “American Idol” is set to begin in January 2013 and they’ve reprised the four-judge panel format.

Joining resident judge Randy Jackson -- yes, he's still a judge, despite rumors that hinted he wouldn’t be -- are the best-selling female recording artist of all time, Huntington native Mariah Carey, quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj and four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban.

Hopefuls met host Ryan Seacrest and the new four-person panel of judges Sept. 17, 2012, when the auditions began in Manhattan.  

Other audition cities include Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Antonio, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City.


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