We knew it was coming, but it seemed so ridiculous that I’ve avoided the topic. American Idol for 2013 has confirmed its line up for judges at the table. Sure enough, Nicki Minaj will be joining the panel along with Keith Urban. Previously confirmed judges included Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.

American Idol 2013 judges

Just a glance at the photo above makes me laugh. Nicki Minaj looks like some sort of comic relief clown they’ve brought in as a gag. But no, it’s no gag. She’s a real judge and earning real big bucks.

Rumors have it that Keith Urban will earn only $4 million while Nicki gets double that at $8 million. Mariah Carey will earn around $17 million. Randy Jackson will be paid in fashionable lapel pins. Or maybe not. He might be getting cash as well, but I haven’t heard any details on that.

So what do you think of the new judges? The 2013 American Idol season is heading our way and downselect judging is underway after a summer of auditions.

Get ready for more Idol coming your way in January! Are you ready?

Source: American Idol Net

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