The New Judges on American Idol

American Idol announced its new lineup of judges as auditions begin for its new season (its twelfth!). Joining original judge Randy Jackson and replacing Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will be Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj. Ryan Seacrest remains as host.

The reality competition has undergone major revamps before with a revolving door of judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Ellen Degeneres, and Kara DioGuardi). Although rival singing shows, such as The Voice and The X-Factor, are targeting the same audience, American Idol has remained a top-rated show.  Can it keep it up?

Maybe the new judges will give American Idol a shot of new life, but it will also depend on the talent that competes this season.

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