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Ryan Seacrest Confirms ALL Original American Idol Judges Will Return For Final Season — But What About Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey??

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We wouldn't want it any other way!

Ever since Fox announced the end of American Idol, we've had our nostalgia goggles on and have been thinking back on all the great moments the competition show gave us.

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Though we're sad to see it go after what will be 15 seasons on the air, we're definitely excited about the news Ryan Seacrest just dropped!

Seacrest told Access Hollywood all the original Idol judges — Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson — will be back:

"I've spoken to all of them recently and we as a team have talked to them about coming back to do something for the final season."

Ryan continued by stating:

"They are going to do it, it's just a matter of figuring what to do with them."

The final season's regular judges will be Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick – Seacrest will of course host as he's done since the show first started in 2002.

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There's also no word yet on any of the previous judges throughout the years like Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler or even Ellen DeGeneres — but we wouldn't put it past the show to surprise us!

Let's be real though, we're all hoping for a Mariah-Nicki reunion after that wicked shade Carey threw!

Are you excited for the original judges having a possible reunion or are you happy with the show the way it is?

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