As had been rumored for a while, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have both publicly confirmed that they are leaving 'American Idol' after this season, following the announcement that Randy Jackson was also retiring. This leaves Keith Urban as the last judge standing, though perhaps not for long.
'American Idol' used to be the hottest show on television, but after 13 years, it's starting to show its age. The show's ratings have slipped from regularly having 30 million viewers to now somewhere around 11 million. And though the show has had some different judges over the course of its run, it's now looking to ditch all four current judges to have a fresh face for season 13.
We've gathered the most absurd and, well, dumb news for you this week and put it all together in one convenient location for your reading pleasure. In this week's Dose of Ridiculous, we'll check in with Chevy Chase (again), Nicki Minaj, and oh, hey, it looks like that 'Mummy' reboot is still a thing.
Although we've unofficially known for some time that Minaj would be taking on the role of 'American Idol' judge, the Fox hit reality series only recently made the news official. And now that she's achieved a firm spot in reality television, it doesn't look like she wants to give it up. In fact, she's spreading her wings further into the genre and might even get her own reality series on E!.
When the 'Toy Story' trilogy didn’t give Mrs. Potato Head the spotlight she craved, she changed career paths and broke into the music industry. And now she's one of the newest judges on 'American Idol,' along with Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson. Obviously not, but this resemblance between much loved Mrs. Potato Head and Nicki Minaj is so uncanny it’s creating "Starships" in our eyes.
For a show that hasn't mattered in the cultural landscape for about five years now, there sure has been a lot of a back-and-forth and debate about who is going to take the empty judge's seats on 'American Idol.' Many names were bandied about, but it looks like those two seats next to Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey will be filled by Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.
While US Weekly seemed to have the exclusive scoop on Nicki Minaj joining the 'American Idol' judging team (or should we say, they thought they had the scoop?) there's still some talk as to who could possibly fill in for Steven Tyler now that Mariah Carey is definitely on board. Should we have already assumed that rapper and Kim Kardashian's attention-seeking boyfriend Kanye West would be considered for the job? Probably.
Ever since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler left the 'American Idol' judges' table -- Tyler to focus on being a rock star and J. Lo to focus on her family -- Fox went into overtime to try and land some big names to come and fill in those empty spots.
Though some rumors floated around referencing the possibility of former 'Idol' contestant Adam Lambert and Disney star Nick Jonas joining the panel, Fox ended up landing a queen of R&B music, Mariah Carey. That meant there was just one more spot left and we've just learned that it too went to a big name in the music world -- Ms. Nick Minaj herself.