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American Idol Cleans House! Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, & Randy Jackson Are All OUT!

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We knew it was sweeps season, but we had no idea all four judges were getting swept under the rug!!

Sources say American Idol is cleaning house — neither Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, or the veteran Randy Jackson are coming back for another season!

Unless your name is Ryan Seacrest, it's time to clean out your locker!!

Wow!!! We knew RJ was on the way out and viewership was dwindling, but we never expected this kind of shake up!

Apparently Fox execs are furious over the crap-tastic ratings!

One network insider said:

"All four are gone. They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back."

Well, that's one way to draw attention to your program!!

What do U think, Perezelicious readers, is this the right call?

More importantly, who will be the replacement judges?

Call us, Fox — we'll listen to reasonable offers, LOLz!!

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71 comments to “American Idol Cleans House! Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, & Randy Jackson Are All OUT!”

  1. hopscotch711 says – reply to this


    Please fire the person who thought it was a good idea to bring on Nicki Minaj! They did it to themselves. Copy the Voice and let Kelly, Carrie and Jennifer Hudson coach teams.

  2. 2

    I knew this was what they were going to do. They all lacked any sort of chemistry with one another and two of them hated each other. Instead of cleaning house and trying to restart a ship that's almost sunk, they should go ahead and cancel the show.

  3. 3

    I also feel that if they were going to keep one judge, Nicki Minaj would have been the only one I would recommend keeping. Like her or hate her, she shook things up and gave people something to talk about and was the least boring of all the others. They just really need to end it at this point - I think the only way the show could be saved at this point would be to bring back Simon and Paula and keep Randy as all three of them had excellent chemistry together.

  4. karen says – reply to this


    12 yrs is a good run. Go away now.

  5. 5

    Nicki mangina was telling Mariah that they have JLo on speed dial….bitch your ass is getting canned too bahahaha

  6. 6

    They should get an American idol winner as a judge. Overall, they should cancel….it's time

  7. Shauna says – reply to this


    I can see Mariah and Nicki leaving, they lost their audience a long time ago though

  8. musicjunkie1993 says – reply to this


    I don't think that producers should even try to bring new judges because it still wouldn't have the same chemistry as it did in the past with Randy, Paula, and Simon. I mean, everyone grew up watching those main three people AND the contestants. I think it started to go downhill when they decided to add that Kara chick in season 8. But after 11 years and 12 seasons, I think it's time for American Idol to get off the air. We have enough singing competition shows (The Voice, The X-Factor).

  9. 9

    They lost their core audience years ago. It's too late to bow out gracefully but save a little dignity AI and cancel already.

  10. snyder says – reply to this


    Not watching next year.no keith I will watch the voice

  11. Marc says – reply to this


    The problem with Idol is that the producers didn't do their homework…Is a well known fact that Mariah Carey is not articulate,has the personality of a brick and an ego the size of Texas. And it seems Keith Urban is as interesting as watching paint dry. Randy is the same as always, but a 40 something man calling kids "dawg" is just pathetic. Nicki was the wild card, but she can't carry a show. Is time to let this sinking ship do its thing and rest in the bottom of the ocean…

  12. 12

    Im sorry getting rid of Randy is a dumb move!

  13. Riri says – reply to this


    It's been a long 12 years, now they either need to just end it or completely revamp they show because I am completely over it.

  14. 14

    That show's still on?

  15. 15

    Love Randy but his critiques all kinda sounded the same this season, maybe he was just burned out. Nicki was entertaining and she actually had good insight sometimes. Mariah was sweet but couldn't effectively articulate herself and it was just uncomfortable how she ran on sometimes. Keith, oh I love him. I wish they would keep Keith. Here are my fav's for the panel-Keith Urban, Pink, Carrie Underwood and Justin Timberlake (yeah right). I love hearing from Jimmy and I think the show needs his straight talk since Simon is gone. Ryan's rad and is a good constant.

  16. 16

    Yea, im sure when Fox thinks of their core audience it totally screams out "PEREZ HILTON"…get real

  17. Tari says – reply to this


    Re: Marc – Whoa, u are off my friend!! Mariah does NOT have a ego as big as Texas, that chicks ego can swallow this world!!!!!!! If her ego was the world both Alaska and Texas would be the size of Rhode Island She is way too critically self obsorbed!!! Wow

  18. Madbonna says – reply to this


    It's not the judges (well… partly is) the show is tired and the format awful!!! Also America is really to blame as they keep voting to keep the 'singers' that stay but go on to do nothing. Most of the third place or below seem to go on to more fame with a few exceptions. (Kelly, Carrie…) so than why does the winner always end up being the least 'commerical' singer who's album flops? The voting public has the biggest blame here and those of us who tuned in before have just given up by now. Time to either re-vamp or shut up camp.

  19. Davi says – reply to this


    Cyndi Lauper, Micheal buble, Prince, Janet Jackson Should be the new judges!!!!

  20. ed says – reply to this


    ow they will spent months and months creating stupid speculation of who will join…. they should just move on to something else

  21. 21

    Good. The only one who wants to see any of these people is them.

  22. adf says – reply to this



  23. Dollymadison says – reply to this


    I think they should've changed to one person, one vote a long time ago. Every year for years–it's always the bland cuddly boys that win because they appeal to the kids who will vote 100 times. I think this year, the judges got rid of the really good guys early on, just to make sure a woman would finally win. Really, after all these years–it just happens that 4 women are the finalists?
    Heck, personally, I thought Joshua Ledet was the best singer since Otis Redding. Instead, all the cute country western boys win and pack up and go to Nashville. And what about Adam Lambert? He should've won.
    And I'm tired of them changing judges all the time. It did seem to change when they brought that 4th female judge in. I hated Simon, but maybe replace him with another strong personality. Blah. Whatever. The producers are going to do something stupid and clueless next..should've kept Kieth Urban, too.

  24. emily says – reply to this


    Re: HBizomb – - I like those pics. Good mix:)

  25. Taty says – reply to this


    This season was soooo boring , and I'd always see all seasons , it was a mistake so bring Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton , justin timberlake and SIMON.

  26. KC says – reply to this


    Recycling judges isn't going to bring back ratings. The show's format is just tired, bland, and boring. Do we really need another season of watching some boring 20 something year old kids singing songs from the 70s and beyond? The show is neither hip nor current, despite some of its lame attempts to be so.

  27. XXX says – reply to this


    Re: Marc
    "Is a well known fact that Mariah Carey is not articulate."
    Apparently, neither are you.

  28. Dollymadison says – reply to this


    Re: Taty – Dolly Parton is an interesting choice. Now there is a true legend, she'd make a great judge.
    I'm a fan of R&B and soul, so I am crazy about Joshua Ledet (although he can actually sing just about anything and be great.) I wish they'd had him on as a guest performer. He performed at the White House recently along with some of the greatest legends of Memphis R&B and Justin Timberlake. 20 years old and he performs at the White House.

    There is so much great music out there, I wish Idol would showcase some other kinds of music too, show a little diversity. It would make things more interesting. Or have Dolly Parton perform! There are so many legends they could showcase, instead of tedious popular performers of the moment.

  29. 29

    Re: hopscotch711 – Wow. Brilliant. Everything you said is exactly what they should do. Have Kelly, Carrie, and Jennifer on one show would bring the house down. And 4 judges is too many. Three and those three would be awesome. @anewlow - if so many people hate her and quit tuning in because of her it doesn't matter that people are talking about her.

  30. natti says – reply to this


    the shows crap this year because i felt uncomfortable with that clown Nikki minging blatant hatred and disregard for mariah!!!

  31. PM2901 says – reply to this


    The only judge I liked was Keith Urban. He really put some thought into his critiques. He can call me BABY any day of the week! I didn't know anything about him prior to this show. He's the kind of guy you'd want to marry. SEXY AS HELL!

  32. Ryan says – reply to this


    They need to stop blaming the judges, the show has been on for 12 years! You don't stay #1 forever doing the same thing over and over and over and over again. I started watching this year because of Mariah, and will stop if she leaves. The show is too drawn out, I'm tired of reality TV

  33. 33

    American Idol needs to stop hiring divas, divos, ghetto, and nice people on the show. I love Mariah but she was just a bit over the top with her "dawwwling." Nicki was okay until she showed her true ghetto self and let fame get to her head. She made fun of Mariah but bitch you're out too. No, we don't need past judges. Why? Because obviously they did not work! The more famous the artist the worse it gets. If Idol wants to turn things up they need to hire from within. People who have succeeded thanks to the show. Bring in the veterans like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, shit I'll even take Clay Aiken. Idol needs real people who are willing to tell it like it is and at the same time entertain the audience. The format of the show needs to change too. If only they hired me to do it, I could've saved them money.

  34. lagunagirl says – reply to this


    The problem with the show this year is that somebody (be it the judges or producers) wanted a girl to win so badly that they manipulated things to make it happen. They put through the 5 worst guys for the finals. And now that we are at the end, they've been ramming Candice Glover down our throats so much that we're choking. Give us a good balanced top 10 or 12 and let things happen naturally.

    They also need to ditch the massive cuts at the beginning. The way the semifinals were set up this way was both harsh and unfair. The American public didn't get time to know the contestants. They need to go back to the semifinals when two girls and 2 guys left each week.

    As for the judges, I'm not a Manaj fan but I give her credit for being the only judge to offer anything close to a constructive critique. I love Keith Urban, but both he and Mariah were too interested in a love fest and not helping contestants grow. That's what was wrong with the Tyler and Lopez years. Nobody could do anything wrong so the contestants didn't grow enough. When somebody is constantly telling you you're great, you don't make any improvements. As for Randy, he's always been the most useless one on the panel. I'm happy to see him go.

  35. 35

    good because they were rubbish it seemed like they were bullying nicki all the time

    bring in someone nice maybe olivia newton john and john travolta

  36. 36

    I've actually really been enjoying Keith. He's a breath of fresh air and gives good advice/criticism.
    I'm bored of Randy, so I honestly don't mind him leaving. "In it to win it" and "Yo, dawg" are two phrases I really won't miss hearing. I won't miss the name-dropping either.
    Mariah, as much as I love her, doesn't do much to help the show. She's one of the greatest singers of all time, but she just isn't cut out to be a judge. A mentor, yes, but not a judge.
    Nicki is just annoying. Her advice is actually good, but she says so much stupid shit and her fake voice is just too obnoxious to make it worth it.
    Someone said Miley Cyrus would make a good judge, and I actually think she would. I'd like to see her on the panel. There are a lot of people who would make good judges, and many of them would probably sign on as, believe it or not, American Idol is still the top reality singing show on TV.

  37. JeanetteTK (@jett456) says – reply to this


    The only reason I watched was Keith. The show's format is terrible. 20 somethings do not want to see contestants sing songs they never heard of.

  38. 38

    They need to admit the show has had a nice long run and cancel it. The format is just too old and tired with so many newer singing shows on. Time to end it.

  39. 39

    I agree with Anewlow….they should bring back AMERICAN IDOL succcccessssssfullll winners!!!!! That would be interestinga and great to see!! And no Drama…just a professional show.

  40. likatmur88 says – reply to this


    The show is toast. It started dying when they put Ellen DeGeneres on it. It got revived with Steven Tyler and JLo, and when they left, it was over. Let the show RIP.

  41. shabadoo says – reply to this


    It's not the judges, fire the producers. Who thought singing The Beatles, songs from the 70's, songs from your birth year, or BURT FUCKING BACHARACH was current??
    The show feels about as old as Dancing with the Stars.

  42. bigdawg says – reply to this


    Fucktards! They need to keep Randy and Keith.. the other 2 morons can go.

  43. 43

    The show has had a good run and now it's time to end it. Just pull the plug and find something else. Hopefully NOT a singing competition. So over it.

  44. Over It says – reply to this


    Can they please just cancel the show!!!! Enough is enough. I probably stopped watching after the 3rd season. (Who was the winner again???)

  45. 45

    They need to re-vamp the entire show. Hate to see Randy go but I think that was planned last year. Did not like the drama between Mariah and Nicki. Now that I will not miss. Good luck with this American Idol. Oh and why let Keith Urban go? It's whaever!!

  46. 46

    Good. They were all just awful. Time to retire this show… you can only scrape the bottom of the talent barrel so many times.

  47. Lynn says – reply to this


    We want Adam Lambert as a judge. He would be fantastic!

  48. 48

    When they announced the judges, anyone with half a brain knew it was going to be shit.

  49. MichJB says – reply to this


    Its not the judges that have caused the poor ratings - its the lousy show - its old and stale, cancel it and put something completely different on.

  50. lavernegoodell@hotmail says – reply to this


    Keith Urban was the only judge worth keeping. He spoke with honesty, Please keep him on the panel. lg

  51. kassi says – reply to this


    I think they should keep NIcki. She made the show. For whatever its worth now. Overall I think they should just quit it…The Voice is way better

  52. 52

    I also feel really bad for Keith. Thanks to Mariah aka "dawwwwwling" and Nicki Ghetto Minaj his butt is in the chopping block too.

  53. 53

    THE SHOW ITSELF..is tired…Mariah is good…Nikki made me stop watching….shes so ghetto, rude and her personality is only tolerated if you like her generic music…she killed it, and then being so unprofessional with her outbursts against mariah didnt help..i have issues with my co workers but i dont vent to social media…duh

  54. Joanne says – reply to this


    What a joke Fox network is. They let the producers sit back 4 months watching the ratings fall and didn't do a thing. Then at the last minute came grandstanding in screaming 'clean sweep', and insinuating it was the judge's fault. Nicki wasn't anything to write home about, but the uproar wasn't justified. Keith Urban was a terrific judge, and for those who wanted snarkey critiques from this guy, it just wasn't going to happen and the producers knew that from the beginning. What they didn't realize was Randy wasn't going to counteract, creating a ying and yang interesting panel. Couldn't the producers see what was happening? This is when they could have stepped in to put an end to the Mariah/Nicki foolishness, and let Nicki take the role of heavyweight.
    The real problem with Idol is the horrible overlong format. AND, the trouble with Fox is they don't have one ounce of character, and that starts at the top and continues down through the producers of Idol who are sitting back smugly watching the judges take the fall for their own inadequacies.

  55. Bendee says – reply to this


    Keep Mariah and let everyone else go. Having too many big names on the show who aren't even useful in deciding who becomes Idol during the Top 10 ruins it. It's supposed to be about the contestants NOT the judges. Also, half of the winners from this show have been country & folk singers because that's what most of the viewers vote for. Angie Miller got eliminated for Kree? Are you serious? She would've won The X-Factor or The Voice.

  56. emma says – reply to this


    Re: anewlow – she was the reason people turned off….

  57. michelle says – reply to this


    I heard that justin and selena are going to be judges on the show.I hope justin goes to the voice and she sticks to acting

  58. jla says – reply to this


    Although the picks for judges was pretty terrible this year, I think the show itself is losing ratings because its all been done. Go out now while you're still med level in ratings before you completly fall to the bottom

  59. jla says – reply to this


    Re: jla
    "were" pretty terrible (excuse my grammar)

  60. jla says – reply to this


    Re: Joanne
    very thought out comment for a mediocre tv show but very well said

  61. luanne3232 says – reply to this


    It's not the judges. It's trying to stretch a couple of songs into a 2 hour show that did them in.

  62. Margaret D. says – reply to this


    Keep Keith Urban but lose the rest.

  63. african says – reply to this


    let, me just quote mariah carey 'whenever i watch tv and see those poor starving kids around the world i feel sad i mean i will love to be skinny lyk dat but not with the flies and death and everything'. haha and shes a judge

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  65. Jorge says – reply to this


    Bring in Eve next?

  66. Flo says – reply to this


    Keith would have been the only one worth keeping. Not sorry to see the rest leave.

  67. Debbie says – reply to this


    Re: Shauna – you are really right!I like the two men way better then the girls they have now!

  68. Stormsurger says – reply to this


    For those of you who say cancel it just forget that. It's still a top 10 show so it won't be going away. Duh! They abandoned the people who watched the show and that is NOT Nicky fans or the hip east/west coast types. The audience in previous years was the family friendly viewers who are incredibly unhip. They will return if you return the program to nice and sweet. The "edge" they gave it this year turned off all but Nicky fans. It will skew older and will be less relevant in today's music but they'll get the viewers they're missing now. You do that by doing the songs from their birth year and having Burt Fucking Bacharach nights. If you're bored by that, go away. You're outnumbered.

  69. Breeches says – reply to this


    They should at least keep Keith IF they air again. Nicki's comments were so unnecessary and off color so many times.

  70. peteokay says – reply to this


    New judges should be…Paris Hilton, Rick Ross, Selena Gomez, Red One

  71. kevin says – reply to this


    Re: karen
    Are you kidding? Nicky Minaj has no right to judge anyone. She can't even sing!! Not to mention she dresses like a complete idiot and she can't even talk properly