It’s official: Mariah Carey won’t return for a second season as a judge on American Idol. UPDATE May 30, 8:27 p.m. ET: Nicki Minaj has also confirmed she’s leaving her judge’s chair.
A joint statement from Fox and producers of the singing competition show FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment declared, “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. We know she will remain an inspiration to Idol hopefuls for many seasons to come.”
The five-time Grammy-winning singer also announced the news via Twitter and used the opportunity to announce her upcoming world tour with a retweet of a message from her PR firm, PMK-BNC:
— PMK•BNC (@PMK_BNC) May 30, 2013
UPDATE May 30, 8:27 p.m. ET: Fox, FremantleMedia, and 19 Entertainment had the following statement about Minaj’s departure: “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.”
Minaj also tweeted her thanks to the show:
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 30, 2013
Fox has yet to officially announce any judges for Idol’s 13th season, but there has been wide speculation that the show will feature an all-alumni panel, possibly with Jennifer Hudson. Randy Jackson – who had been a judge for all 12 seasons – exited the show earlier this month.
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