Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol

AmericanIdol_Mariah_Nicki_Exit_DWDon’t expect Mariah Carey to dedicate her next performance of “We Belong Together” to the folks at American Idol. The Grammy-winning diva confirmed via Twitter on Thursday the widely rumored notion that she will not return for Season 13 of Fox’s reality singing competition.

Additionally, the network announced that fellow judge Nicki Minaj is exiting The House That Kelly Clarkson Built, as well.

“W/ global success of ‘#Beautiful’ (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol,” read a message from Carey’s publicists PMK-BNC, that the singer retweeted shortly thereafter.

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“Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season,” noted a joint release from FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment. “We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come.”

Shortly thereafter, the companies released this addendum to their announcement: “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.”

Carey’s tenure at Idol was a stormy one, beginning with a much-publicized blowout with fellow panelist Nicki Minaj while taping the Charlotte, NC audition episode last fall. Once the live shows began, the “Heartbreaker” singer proved to be an unfocused, rambling presence, her occasional bits of insightful feedback buried under layers of vague niceties and an obvious, deep-rooted discomfort with being perceived as too harsh or critical.

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By April, with Idol‘s ratings in a free-fall, rumors circulated that the show’s producers had concocted a plan to replace Carey with former judge Jennifer Lopez, a move that reportedly fell apart after Carey’s team “responded with a threat of litigation.”

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Carey herself declared on the show’s April 10 performance episode that she’d been “reprimanded by the powers that be” for failing to perform her duties as a judge.

Minaj, for her part, scored mostly positive reviews early in the Idol season, thanks to her terse, deeply opinionated, sometimes hilarious critiques. As the season wore on though, her Twitter rants against Carey and even finalist Devin Velez became an irksome distraction, and her actual connection to the competition and contestants seemed less and less genuine.

Carey and Minaj’s exits come at a time when Fox execs and Idol producers are feverishly working on ways to restore some of the show’s ratings mojo when it returns next January. Original judge Randy Jackson announced earlier this month that he wouldn’t be returning for Season 13, and last week reports circulated that Fox was planning a panel comprised entirely of former Idol contestants, most likely Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert of Clay Aiken.

Last Friday, Fox’s longtime reality chief Mike Darnell announced he’d be leaving the network come June.

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108 Comments
  1. james says:

    I’m actually bummed to hear that, yet not surprised. She could’ve been great without Nicki.

    • Pen says:

      Why would anyone put themselves through that abuse again. Mariah is a diva, for sure, but so glad she did not sink to minaj’s level!

      • American Idol Sucks says:

        This recent development of canceled shows has further fanned speculations that the once most-popular TV franchise is indeed struggling, with tickets to the tour probably not selling so well which may have caused the tour to be cut down. If it’s any indication, current champion Candice Glover’s and runner-up Kree Harrison’s singles have both tanked, the lowest-selling singles ever of any “Idol” winner or top two finalists, preceded by the continued downward spiraling of the show’s ratings.

        “American Idol Live!” 2013 Tour canceled shows:

        June 29 – St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena)
        June 30 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
        July 02 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
        July 05 – Detroit, IL (Joe Louis Arena)
        July 06 – Rosemont, IL (Allstate Arena)
        July 08 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
        July 10 – Broomfield, CO (1STBANK Center)
        July 12 – Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
        July 13 – Ontario, CA (Citizens Business Bank Arena)
        July 14 – Oakland, CA (The Oracle Arena)

        • teatime says:

          It was a lackluster year full of ballad singers. The cast needs to be more diverse and more dynamic. The ratings suffered because there was not enough diversity among the contestants and there were very few uptempo songs all season. No one should be surprised if the concert suffers for the same reason. It is up to TPTB to stop trying to control the winner, and just give us a top 10 full of diverse contestants who have the potential to win.

      • Marie Betro says:

        Absolutely! Mariah Carey is in a completely different class than the Minaj chick. I do not like her at all.

      • Earlene says:

        Oh, I doubt that, did not like any of Mariah’s comments at all. She just rambled, hardly ever came to a good point til after rambling, like she didn’t know what she should say.
        Did like and really enjoyed Nicki’s comments as she knew what she wanted to say and said it, came right to the point with no rambling on and on.

    • @James , the season was a train wreck ,
      But its not just the Judges that need to go its the bulk of the production company ,,
      When FOX brings the show back for 2014, they need to go back to basics and look for good singers, and make sure that they focus on those persons that are ready to go into this experience as professional ,
      Bring on Singer / Song Writers , Bring on Singers that can play an Instrument, Bring on Singers that have some Stage Experience, Bring on Handsome Masculine Men,
      +
      If they are faced by ANYONE with DIVA ENERGY , CUT THEIR ASSES THEN AND THERE ,,
      If they see anyone that would need their Back Story To Survive a Vote , THEN DO NOT INCLUDE THEM ,, !

      • HTGR says:

        Then again this season did arguably bring us the correct top 5, 4 and 3 and half of the correct finale (although the true winner was missing entirely :( although at least the winner wasn’t bad and was probably very close to fully deserving the win, if maybe not quite). How often has that happened??? So in that sense was it the train wreck season?

        • I think it was , because the casting was so slanted that there was not a viable male singer in the bunch ,
          For me it was not about did the best cast singer win , it was about what sort of choices did they really give the audience ,

        • Matrix says:

          Wow! HTGR, you still can’t let it go that Angie didn’t make the finale…

          • Let It Go says:

            Effing annoying, isn’t it?

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah because the boards wouldnt’t be FILLED with posts had Kree or especially Candice had missed the finale. It would’ve been hundreds of non-stop posts about it from dozens of people. And it’s not exact a trashing to say I thought Candice and Kree deserved top three is it? And that I understood people could make a case for Candce taking it all? Of course you jokers go insane if anyone even suggests Angie so much as deserved to have made the top ten LOL. In a thread where most posters are trashing the entire season as having been a joke outright I simply dare to stick in a little comment that it was too bad someone didnt make the finale in a thread overviewing the entire season while saying that the last few weeks turn out pretty well overall and better than normal all the same but heaven forbid anyone doesn’t say that Candice and Kree were absolute perfection miles better than anyone else. You all trash Angie and amber and Curtis and all to bits and go crazy if anyone starts trying to counter it all.

        • teatime says:

          In a weak year with only a few real contenders, I disagree that we even had the correct Top 4! Our #4 finisher proved at the finale that the only reason she got anywhere near the top was because there was not a lot of competition and Nicki drooled all over her every week.
          Sorry, this was a year without “shock” early eliminations simply because there were not a lot of contestants that generated much enthusiasm. So none of those happened to get an early boot due to vote splitting. I didn’t see the first 3 years but every top 3 I have seen easily rivals season 12’s.

        • Mike says:

          Wow, right to the very end you prove to be a sad, sad person. Try to work on your character in the off season.

          • HTGR says:

            Wow, give me a break. I guess saying that I thought your precious Candice ‘merely’ deserved to come in a very close second just isn’t good enough for you. Of course if someone says that Angie sucked or was this or that supposed awful person or look or that she didn’t even deserve to be on the show or whatnot not ever a peep for you. Heck have you even made any posts that were not trashing some other poster?
            .
            And yeah pointing out that for once we probably had at least the top 5,4,3 is sooooooo horribly negative. Most in this thread are trashing the entire seasons to pieces, but not a peep for you about that eh? Haha have your milk and cookies Mr. patronizing milk and cookies man. Or maybe Kree was your girl and you yourself all pissy she didn’t win?
            .
            Haha have fun Mike.

      • Jasper says:

        The season was definitely a train wreck, and I think the tour is gonna be even more of a train wreck. I can see them having to cancel several shows this summer. It might even be the last time they have a tour. There really isn’t anyone from this season that I liked enough to pay to go see perform live. In fact, they should be paying us to sit through whatever Lazaro is gonna be doing!

    • Chicago48 says:

      Michael, stop throwing Kelly Clarkson’s name in the fray….she has said over and over she would not be doing American Idol. Please stop it!

  2. Bobbi says:

    I am anxiously awaiting a similar statement from Nicki.

    • Well it’s official for Nicki now. I love how they pretend that they weren’t just fired. C’mon. The producers saw the ratings, there was no way they were gonna keep this crew. I get them trying to save face, Randy included, but who is gonna believe that they asked out voluntarily? I actually didn’t mind some of Nicki’s frankness and honesty, but it sometimes got to be too much. I wonder when we will hear about Keith Urban?

      • Kristoffer says:

        I was just about to post the same thing. Everyone knows the reason they are not coming back next season is because of the ratings. Has nothing to do with their “busy schedules”. Had the ratings be crazy good, everyone would be coming back. I quit watching the first year Simon was no longer on… and it wasn’t because he was gone. It was because the show had gotten old. Same audition shows making fun of ‘crazy’ people, Same awful theme weeks, same old songs, same comments and critiques to the singers, Same “THIS….. is Aaaammmmerican Idol” from Ryan. Same long drawn out 2 hour shows that could be done in an hour. Different contestants, different judges, different stage but somehow the same show with no spark. I have to say the only thing that would get me to tune in again to see if it’s worth my time would be to see some of the old contestants/winners be judges.

  3. Kristin says:

    Hooray!!! I can watch again!

    • lyn says:

      I’m glad she’s gone, but I won’t go back to watching until they LIMIT THE VOTING!

      • joey says:

        Amen. Limit the voting. And make it a show about music. Now the show is 5 minutes of B.S. followed by 5 minutes of commercials, followed by some more minutes of B.S., followed by 90 seconds of singing, followed by 5 minutes of judges’ B.S., followed by 5 minutes of commercials, etc. Repeat for 120 minutes total. Not good entertainment. Strive to make it good entertainment.
        *
        They’ll never fix it because they are greedy. The show isn’t about singing. The show is about the show and the money it generates. The contestants are an afterthought.

      • teatime says:

        Why limit the voting? AI has the best results of any of these shows.
        Look at The Voice right now. They limit votes per contestant but let you vote for as many contestants as you want. So now 6 of the top 8 are the same genre. It could be the same people voting for all 6 of them since they don’t have to split votes. It just limits diversity among the finalists.
        Any schemes where the coaches weigh in are a disaster too. On XF they go out of their way to send home good contestants in order to limit the competition for the one they want to win.

        • lyn says:

          Because 500+ votes don’t translate into music sales, concert ticket sales or new Fords purchased. Over voting is what placed Lee DeWyze in the winner’s circle. Limiting the voting would be a better indicator of future success for the winner. The only reason for unlimited voting is Idol’s partnership with AT&T and so Ryan can announce “35 million votes”. This year they tried to break the WGWG strain by over manipulation, which disillusioned a lot of viewers. It worked, but it decimated the ratings and my guess is that the winner will not be a success post Idol.

          • teatime says:

            Lee is one out of 12 winners. He is the only winner without a platinum certification. No one else from his season greatly outsold him, either. So what does the voting have to do with it? We can only vote for the contestants we are given. (I also think he deserves more credit than he is given. It was RCA’s last year and I don’t think he got the support that the winner usually get. But I know I am not going to change anyone’s minds about him.)
            The other shows with other voting schemes aren’t selling more albums or concert tickets. So, again, what does the voting have to do with it?
            Every winner has been among the most successful of their season and most of the time they are the most successful. So, again, doe the voting have to do with it?
            You DO realize that we do not only vote for the winner, right? All the successful runners up and third and fourth place finishers also were voted to the top of the pack.
            Funny how in other threads people praise The Voice for being about ‘artists’ but in AI threads the artist winners are complained about because they don’t sell like Kelly Clarkson.

          • lyn says:

            Wrong. Clay has been more successful than Ruben. Adam is more successful than Kris. Jennifer Hudson is more successful than Fantasia. Chris Daughtry is more successful than Taylor Hicks. If everyone had a cell phone and unlimited text voting during season one, Justin Guarini would have won over Kelly Clarkson.

          • teatime says:

            Not ‘wrong.’ I said Lee is the only winner without a platinum certification, and that every winner has been among the most successful of their season and most of the time they are the most successful. All of that is correct.
            I see no evidence that a different voting system would have produced somehow better results.

          • lyn says:

            I can only conclude that you see what you want to see. Mega voting is pointless. Limiting the voting will give a truer result.

      • stevenjaba says:

        amen. The Voice can do it, why can’t Idol?

  4. lisa says:

    They’re both annoying as hell and acted like children both in front of and behind the cameras. Good riddance to both of them. A has been and a never was

  5. Missy Kelly says:

    I didn’t watch this year becuase of Nicki Minaj so I thought she’d be good without Nicki being there. It’s not like she doesn’t have a career, family, or life to go back to. So, it’s not the end of the world.

  6. I’m still giving up on IDOL again depending on how long the reality competition series is going to last. :-(

  7. PutAForkInIt says:

    nothing will save this show

  8. A says:

    Finally she can get back to focusing on music than judging this dying competition show.

  9. Glam Dixie says:

    Good riddance! She was actually a worse judge than JLo and that’s saying something.

  10. Name That Tune says:

    No real surprise here. They’re going to make changes and one of them is no big name & expensive stars. Works for me since they were a distraction and added little to the show.
    Just announce the replacements and let’s move on

    • Jimmy says:

      They can’t help themselves. I received a feedback survey yesterday about Marc Anthony as a suitable judge for Idol. The same company sent me one about Paulina Rubio for X-Factor a week before that panel was announced.

      • Name That Tune says:

        They May be testing the waters to see if there is a positive response to him. He was a pretty decent mentor when JLo was on, but I’m hoping they can the whole Idea. One exf former ontestant keep Keith & one music executive That’s it.

      • teatime says:

        I hope this means they have moved on from considering JLo.
        The number 1 issue I have with judges is when they seem to have favorites/non-favorites regardless of how well the contestant performs on a given night. This was the one issue I had with Simon, where there were a few contestants that he gave a hard time to for their outfits, etc, when they had just delivered a good-to-great performance. But JLo really takes the prize as the worst judge in this regard with all her favorites who could never do any wrong in her opinion while there were just a handful of (usually blond female) contestants she regularly gave a hard time to.

      • sherab says:

        please. not marc. anthony. :-(

  11. ggny says:

    Dam it i was hoping she would complete the downfall of AI and get it canned

    • deedee says:

      There’s a really simple solution if you hate the show so much that you wish for its demise: don’t watch.

      • ggny says:

        never have. who said i did?

        • deedee says:

          Why bother hoping that a show you don’t even watch gets canned? Furthermore, why bother to visit a blog that is passionate about a show you don’t watch, and express how much you hope to see the show canned? Your efforts can surely be put to better use.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Oh, deedee, you are so good! That response deserves a S.O.!

          • Georgia Madman says:

            Because that time space can be put to a better use. That’s why.

          • deedee says:

            That would be a good argument if you didn’t have 600 other channels available to you. And if those other 600 channels have nothing worth watching at 8pm – 10pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays, then it’s a huge leap to think that whatever replaces American Idol will be worth watching.

  12. Linda says:

    Sad to say I won’t miss Mariah. She was a major disappointment as a judge. Hoping to hear a similar announcement from Nicki soon.

  13. lll says:

    She might as well make it official. American Idol is replacing the entire panel whether she says something or not.

  14. Gailer says:

    only Simon Cowell can help this show

  15. Gailer says:

    How bout Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher? Oooops, they are busy. lol
    Seriously, why not get current performers like that?

  16. willgold22 says:

    Quel surprise, dahling! Did anyone think she’d stick around without Randy to crib her “critiques” from? Someone should do a supercut of all the times she opened her remarks by saying “I have to agree with Randy…” You know you’re in trouble when you’re parroting Randy’s nonsense.

  17. K. says:

    THANK GOODNESS!!!!

  18. ben says:

    I’m pretty happy with that. I would like to see Keith retained and fear an ‘all-alumni’ judges panel would just be yet another gimmick which would put the focus on who the judges are instead of the singers. Randy and Simon were barely known, Paula hadn’t been heard of for 20 years, and I’m quite happy for the panel to return to people go for people who are more obscure, but that can find talent, help talent, provide constructive criticism and NOT be the centre of attention.

  19. Hamish says:

    Michael, we’re still waiting (somewhat impatiently) for the Kree and Candice interviews. Some of us are trying to delay this year’s AI withdrawal…

  20. mamamitzvah says:

    bs’d
    YAY!!! Dahhhling. :)

  21. JP says:

    Is there any truth to the report by that Jennifer Hudson is going to be a judge next season? Honestly, an all alumni judging panel is the only way I will even consider watching this show next season. I would love to see J-Hud and Kelly Clarkson as judges.

  22. Buck Jones says:

    Carey’s performance this year gave a greater appreciation for Paula Abdul. Nuff said…

  23. Ann says:

    Weirdly, will miss both. Mariah brought the glamour, and seemed to get better at the judging near the end. Maybe ’cause she saw light at end of tunnel, she relaxed some.
    Nicki was just darn entertaining. I didn’t plan or want to like her but it happened. She surprised me. And Keith, darn it, he should just stay for being so hunky cute + musically knowledgeable.
    Am not thrilled whole panel being former contestants. But … maybe will be surprised again.

  24. Harmony says:

    I’m gonna miss Nicki. :( Like Idol says, her honesty and passion are what made this season so much fun. It’s been years since we’ve seen a judge care enough to give honest feedback and she never shied away from calling people out when it was needed. She was a great judge. :’) Any word of Keith?

  25. raftrap says:

    I never liked the idea of Nicki Minaj joining the panel, then when the season began she grew on me, and I would have enjoyed a second of season with her alone, she was opinionated and unfiltered, it will be hard to find someone like that.

  26. RD says:

    I’d be more worried about dahling Mariah’s tour if I were a fan-after the Idol finale lip-sync taped fiasco you gotta wonder if it will really be a live tour….

  27. kristy says:

    I would actually vote to CANCEL the show!

  28. Tom Charles says:

    why do we continue to encourage that nicki woman to do things?

  29. Tahoe Mike says:

    Can’t help wondering what might have been if Randy, and Nicki hadn’t been there.

  30. Ctz says:

    So glad the two are Gone, Gone, Gone!

  31. BillyBob says:

    “Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the American Idol contestants this season,”
    ———
    What wisdom? Her long winded ramblings about nothing. For $18 million? C’mon, Mariah FAILED at being a judge. AI FAILED for bringing this Diva aboard. Nicki was better at giving her opinions, entertaining at times. But she too FAILED. Honey Boo Boo would be a better choice!

  32. Alisha says:

    I hope Keith stays. He’s only judge that makes senses especially when he’s not joking around with Nicki.

  33. I left Idol in the dust when Paula left. Judging by this current mess, I think I made the right choice

  34. trimaran12 says:

    Mariah could have good with some practicing/coaching on making her comments more concise. I enjoyed Nicki but she was way too polarizing for many other viewers. It felt like Keith shut down at some point. And Randy was…Randy. Time for an all new panel.

  35. Tim says:

    Nicki was the most entertaining part of this season, The show needs life and I dont think former idol finalists are going to do it. Although I did not like some of the talent this year, they just weren’t interesting which is why I think this upcoming tour will be a bore. I have 2 teenage kids, boy and girl, and they both did not watch the show because nothing caught their interest. Better evaluation of talent is needed. They were multiple finalists in the top 10 that were cut numerous times.

  36. Jet says:

    If the “neither” button wasn’t there, I would have picked Mariah. I just couldn’t stand the sound of Nicki’s (Fran Drescher) voice… soooooo annoying!!!

    • My Alter Ego says:

      Thank you, Jet!! Besides her immature behavior, there was that “nails on chalkboard” voice. I found her absolutely excruciating to watch or listen to.

  37. So many issues with this comment section. Lets address a few with a logical perspective. 1.) Nicki was screwed from the beginning, as many comments said they refused to watch Idol this season when she was hired. 2.) Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Janelle Arthur; this is a strong group of contestants that you’ve missed out on if you chose to stop watching Idol after Paula left. Plus if the show was truly about the contestants than those of you wouldn’t drop the show every time someone you didn’t like was hired on. 3.) Idol is still getting around 12 million viewers an episode, no its not the ratings juggernaut it once was, but its also not in any immediate trouble assuming it keeps steady for the next couple years (which is likely now that Nicki is gone) and 4.) Look at the actual viewers and ratings for The Voice and American Idol and you’ll see that the voice is barely doing better than Idol this season. Its been beating Idol by a smidgen so one should be careful to throw out that comparison.

    • lyn says:

      All of the former contestants you name are C-listers or worse whose careers are mediocre.

      • HTGR says:

        Doesn’t mean that many that he mentioned were not good and that a few were not among the best the show has produced. Success is a lot about luck and marketing too, not just talent. Many of them have barely had a year to even try to get going. Idol doesn’t launch anyone anymore unless they win. And even for winners, what recent one is an A-lister anyway? His point was that you simply missed some really good performances if you missed the last few seasons, nothing more, nothing less.

  38. Taryn says:

    thank the lord they are taking Ms. Nails on a chalkboard voice off the show… I didn’t even watch until the top 4 and only then because a local contestant was in it but hearing Minaj’s voice that much made me what to shoot myself… And getting former contestants is an amazing concept finally an idea that could make the show special instead of tired and generic as it has become

  39. RW says:

    I thought Nikki was a good judge and entertaining compared to the rest, BUT the show is about the contestants! She definitely ran off all the older Women and the stupid producers ran off the teen girls with that truly horrible collection of guys. I do like the idea of a alumni panel or at least a performer with a coherent thought.

  40. qj201 says:

    Stop blaming the judges….it’s the producers’ decisions that make Idol suck. Nigel needs to go…

  41. Mary says:

    I am glad they are all gone, the only one I want them to keep is Keith. You could tell he knows his music and actually enjoys the job. He has passion, that is what they need. I think the should get a record Exe., DJ and keep Keith, then rotate previous contestants to mentor/judge. I personally do not want an all Alumni judges. I hope the show goes back to being about the contestants and they leave off the ones who want a career boost.

  42. JKR says:

    I’m intrigued by the idea of former Idols as judges, but it probably won’t attract a bigger audience. I think having them be more integrated on the show as weekly mentors might work better. I also think the panel would benefit of someone like Harry Connick Jr. He’s always been a really good mentor and his critiques have been on point. Perhaps they should look at getting a producer. Someone like: Max Martin, or Dr. Luke, or Pharell or Timbaland or Will.I.Am or Paul Worley or T Bone Burnett. Mark Bright already has Idol ties…they need someone who won’t be afraid to be honest because they fear alienating their fans or hurting their image.

  43. sherab says:

    T-bone burnett! yeah. and how about : interview. kree. candice. please.

  44. Cairi says:

    Not sorry to see these two go, nor Randy, but if it’s at all possible, they need to keep Keith. Aside from giving a few wonky performances a pass (that I suspect was because of producer memos), he was a very astute, kind and entertaining judge.

    • Amy says:

      Totally agree with your description of Keith. Loved him as a judge. Want him back. But concerned that a “clean sweep” may preclude that…hope they work it out. Keith is definitely worth keeping…appealing on so many levels and good for the show.

  45. Name That Tune says:

    At the end of this, I hope TPTB remember the show is about the contestants and not the Judges. Alumni judges will only work if they can thoughtfully Articulate a point of view and not make their comments be selfish or self-serving. yes, we want honest criticism but we don’t need drama queen antics or threats to walk off the show if you don’t get your way. Don’t need to hear about marshmallows & waffles to Disney princesses. Don’t need ghetto filled language on Twitter ranting against a fellow judge .
    So No more than Alumni on next season’s panel
    No canned critiques
    Interestingly, The Voice has 2 WGWGs on the judges’ panel and I know a few young women who only watch the show because Adam Levine is on it. So the only WGWGs the show needs is sitting on the judges’ panel. So keep Keith & find someone like Adam Levine to fill the other slot . Then you don’t need any contestants to fill the role.

  46. Joe says:

    I’m probably alone with a few on this one, but I’ll miss Nikki. Early on she said what was on my mind and even said things that were very witty. I’m sick of the robots on the panel. She was never robotic. Mariah was a bad fit. She’d make a better Mentor like on the voice than a judge. Anyway, Keith stands a chance of keeping his spot but they will probably wipe the slate clean. The survey group I’m in for American Idol just sent out a survey on how people would react to Marc Anthony as a judge. Snooze. Try harder.

    • deedee says:

      Marc Anthony, JLO, and Casper Smart. That might make a fun panel ;)

    • MamaLis says:

      Ya, I actually agree! When the season started I thought I’d abhor Nicki. But I grew to find her delightful and funny and witty and dead-on accurate in many, many instances! Sure, she had her moments. But more often than not – she was “on.” And come on, after the YEARS of smoke-blowing NOTHING comments by the likes of Steven and JLo, this was a HUGE, huge improvement. Also, when she would smile… it told you a lot about her.

  47. Ally Oop says:

    Good news about the departures of the two divas. I hope Keith stays though. I love him on the show.

  48. Catfish says:

    The show has descended into a playground for celebrities to make huge paychecks, using a selected cast of singers to critique, babble about or praise. The main associated record labels, management companies, agents, and inner network of the entertainment power structure – are all inter-related. ..

    While it is packaged and sold as a wide-open national talent show, with recording contracts and promo — they paid Mariah far more money for a few months of her part-time efforts and gave her new song promo — than they paid the entire cast of singers and the cost of the winners contract….. ..

    If they do hire all ex-idols as Judges this year, it’s because they realize that Idol has a core of followers that are faithful to the show, and they can not expand their base through paying big money to just a name. If they can hold around 12 million, that’s still a good position among the networks for their time slot. ..

    Most teens and tweens are not Mariah fans. Check their music rotations on their devices, and Mariah music is rarely there. ..

    I agree with those that say the Judges can not save the show from further ratings decline, only a fresh approach to the format, songbooks and better selection of a cast of singers/performers to compete — will pull the show back toward higher ratings again.

  49. Babygate says:

    Noooo! One more season and they can single-handedly sink American Idol for good!