Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol after one season as judges on the talent show.
The announcement comes in the same month as original judge Randy Jackson also left the panel.
Nicki Minaj told her 16 million Twitter followers: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!”
Mariah Carey’s departure was also announced on Twitter.
Her spokesperson said the singer was now working on a world tour.
Mariah Carey, 43, and Nicki Minaj, 30, joined country singer Keith Urban and Randy Jackson for the show’s 12th season.
It is unclear whether Keith Urban will return for the show’s next series.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are leaving American Idol after one season as judges on the talent show
Mariah Carey reportedly earned $18 million while Nicki Minaj’s salary was reported to have been $12 million.
American Idol‘s ratings fell to their lowest point in 12 years this series with 14.2 million watching the season finale, which was won by Candice Glover.
Fox, which broadcasts the show, said Mariah Carey was a “true global icon” and that they felt “extremely fortunate” that she was part of the show.
In a joint statement with American Idol‘s production company, FremantleMedia, the network added: “Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to American Idol and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season.
“Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best.”
Keith Urban went straight to LAX following his stint on American Idol on Thursday night.
Keith Urban, 45, who is married to Nicole Kidman, was accompanied by his daughters, 4-year-old Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret,2.
Keith Urban is a judge on American Idol and last night showed the hopefuls how things were done as he took to the stage for a performance of his own.
Both Faith and Sunday were clutching on to cosy cuddle blankets, no doubt ready to put to use for their long haul flight to London.
Last weekend Nicole Kidman revealed that she encourages her children to daydream.
Nicole Kidman, 45, has always enjoyed indulging her imagination and in the busy world we now live in, Nicole thinks it’s important for her children – to have time to just relax and have “creative time”.
New Zealand country singer Keith Urban is a judge on American Idol and last night showed the hopefuls how things were done as he took to the stage for a performance of his own.
Nicki Minaj has threatened to quit American Idol on live TV during Thursday’s edition.
Nicki Minaj was furious to learn that her favorite contestant Curtis Finch Jr. – who at one point was being tipped as a possible winner – had landed in the bottom two of the Top 10.
Curtis Finch Jr. and Devin Velez received the fewest votes from viewers.
And when she discovered that the 24-year-old from St Louis, Missouri might be out, Nicki Minaj said she would quit the show.
“I definitely think Curtis should not be in the bottom two. I mean, I love Devin but I think that Curtis, if you look at every one of his performances, I mean – come on, America, are you kidding me?” she said.
“I didn’t think that your performance last night was your best, I think it was your worst.”
“Curtis, if you go home, I go home,” the singer said.
Fellow judge Keith Urban agreed in part, saying he was “a little shocked”.
But Nicki Minaj’s fears were realized after it was revealed that Curtis Finch Jr. actually got the fewest votes of all the contestants.
The revelation caused Nicki Minaj to jump out of her seat and approach the stage, only to seemingly be advised to return to the judge’s panel by Randy Jackson, who could be seen shaking his head, and beckoning her back.
Nicki Minaj was furious to learn that her favorite American Idol contestant Curtis Finch Jr. had landed in the bottom two of the Top 10
Curtis Finch Jr. was then able to sing one last time to save himself – but only if all four judges agreed unanimously to keep him on.They didn’t – and he was kicked off the Fox show.
Curtis Finch Jr. gave a heartfelt and emotional performance of R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly, showing off his impressive vocal range.
He previously sang the song on the show to get him into the top 10.
Nicki Minaj looked like she was sulking as Randy Jackson and Keith Urban had an intense discussion on either side of her, while Mariah Carey concentrated on his make or break performance, that saw the audience go wild.
“The judges have got to be unanimous,” said Ryan Seacrest, who explained that they can “save” only one contestant once throughout the season.
“Save, save, save,” chanted the crowd.
“I’m completely shocked that this is where we’re at,” said Mariah Carey.
“This entire situation has been about Curtis, in a lot of ways, for me. We have had a connection. We still do, no matter what happens.”
“We are not unanimous, unfortunately,” Randy Jackson revealed, as some of the audience members began to boo.
The previous night Nicki Minaj had missed Curtis Finch Jr.’s singing because she was late to the live show in Hollywood, blaming bad traffic.
The show claimed over 26 million votes had been cast. But producers changed up the usual format by first revealing who was in the top three, but not what order they came in.
It was good news for Candice, Kree and Angie.
In fourth place was Lazaro Arbos. Amber Holcomb came fifth, while Janelle Arthur came in sixth place.
Burnell Taylor came in seventh place, followed by Paul Jolley.
Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban have been confirmed as judges on the next series of American Idol.
Fox television made the official announcement hours before the first round of auditions were due to take place in New York.
The duo replace Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler, both of whom quit earlier this year.
Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson complete the line-up on the programme, which has been suffering falling ratings.
Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban have been confirmed as judges on the next series of American Idol
Audience’s for this year’s series – the eleventh – were down about 30% on 2011. The season finale drew 21.5 million viewers, a record low, to see Phillip Phillips win.
Therefore, the appointment of Nicki Minaj, 25, is likely to be of key importance to Fox, who will hope to draw in a younger, hipper audience.
Nicki Minaj sold three million copies of her recent single Starships in the US alone; while her cartoonish blend of pop, rave and hip-hop has seen her top the charts in the UK, US and Canada.
Keith Urban, meanwhile, is one of the biggest names in country music. He boasts 14 US number ones, and has won the Grammy for best male country vocal performance four times in the last six years.
The singer is also married to actress Nicole Kidman.
Mariah Carey, who first found fame with the number one single Vision Of Love in 1990, will reportedly receive $18 million for her one-year contract on Idol. The salaries of the other judges have not been revealed.
The appointment of three newcomers means Randy Jackson is the sole returning judge.
He has been with the show since it first began in 2002, when his fellow judges were Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.
Over the years, American Idol has produced stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson.
It now faces competition from the likes of The Voice and X Factor US, which boast Cee-Lo Green, Britney Spears, Adam Levine and Simon Cowell on their judging panel.
American Idol returns for its 12th series in January.
Actress Nicole Kidman attended the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games and she looked younger than ever.
Yesterday, Nicole Kidman was guest of honor at the private opening of Omega House, the watchmaker’s official residence during the London 2012 Olympic Games, and she was dressed to impress.
Nicole Kidman – who is a brand ambassador for the Swiss company – looked demure in a sleeveless black dress with black lace up sandals.
The actress appeared years younger than 45 with her hair in soft waves to her shoulders and sported minimal make-up.
Nicole Kidman obviously wore one of the famous watches but apart from dazzling earrings and her wedding ring, she wore no other jewellery.
Her husband Keith Urban was at the Olympics launch with her last night, where the excited actress posted pictures on her Facebook account and shared her enjoyment with her fans.
Nicole Kidman attended the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games and she looked younger than ever
Posting one picture of herself looking excited, with her spouse in the background, Nicole Kidman wrote: “At the Olympics with omega! Amazing!!”
It was a return to the spotlight for the star who has tried to stay out of the public eye to avoid the drama surrounding her former husband’s latest split.
Nicole Kidman refused to get involved in the divorce drama unfurling between Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes, even though there are echoes of her 2001 split with the now 50-year-old movie star.
Not least 33-year-old Katie Holmes’ decision to file for sole custody of the couple’s daughter Suri, six, after Nicole Kidman lost primary residence of her two adopted children with Tom Cruise, Isabella and Connor.
However, Nicole Kidman, who was married to Tom Cruise for nearly 10 years before the actor filed for divorce, even steered clear of close friends in recent weeks to avoid being drawn on the subject.
“Nicole won’t talk, wants her privacy, wants to be left out of this and they [she and Tom Cruise] don’t speak much,” an insider told RadarOnline.com. “Communication between her and Tom is very limited.”
Nicole Kidman, who was said to be shocked when Tom Cruise filed for divorce in 2001 – only two months after they renewed their vows – kept a low profile immediately after the Holmes filed for divorce.
“Nicole really does not want to be dragged into this or say anything to anyone,” continued the source.
“At some point though, she will probably be forced to say something, and she will most likely support Tom for the sake of their children.”
According to one report, after the dissolution of their marriage, members of the Church of Scientology turned Isabella and Connor Cruise against Nicole Kidman, calling her a “sociopath” and the actress has only recently reunited with her adopted daughter.
“I love mom,” Isabella Cruise recently told Australia’s New Idea magazine. “She’s my mom. She’s great. I see her sometimes [in Nashville] and I speak to her.”
Tom Cruise has hired Dennis Wasser, the same lawyer who represented him for his divorce from Nicole Kidman.