Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey Kick Off ‘American Idol’ Auditions in New York

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj, and Randy Jackson

America, here are your judges. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson took a seat at the judges’ table during the first round of auditions for “American Idol” in New York City today. They posed for photos outside before making their way in to begin their first day on the job.

“What I think I wanna be is honest and someone that the contestants can look to for guidance,” said Mariah, who was already amused by the New York talent. “Several classic moments so far lol.”

The Grammy-winning diva was reportedly paid close to $18 million for one season, while Nicki is getting $12 million for a one-year deal, an insider told The Associated Press.

The Young Money rapper doesn’t mind if the contestants cover her songs. “If they want to, it’ll be fun,” she said. “I’ll probably start cracking up laughing just ’cause I’m mentally unstable sometimes, but they shouldn’t be afraid at all. We’ll have fun. The Barbz are gonna be watching. It’s gonna be poppin’.”

Randy Jackson welcomed Nicki to the “Idol” family. “I’m happy that Nicki’s here. She brings a whole ‘nother cool vibe that we’ve never had on the show,” he told the AP.

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58 Comments

  1. Frank Brammer

    yes!! nicki will be great

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    MsMickiii Reply:

    @Frank Brammer, IKR!! I can’t waitttt!!

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    Pereezy YMCMB-MMG G.Music Reply:

    @Frank Brammer, Yeah, Haters Keep on Hatin’ While the queen Keep on Winnin’

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    iBzThuggin' Reply:

    @Frank Brammer, I just can’t understand, shouldn’t people who actually know who toe sing be one of the judges? Why is Nicki There ? She is a rapper for crying out loud !!!!

    I wonder what type of critic she will give out cause this is stupid !!

    ** Not Hating, Just think about it for a minute

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  2. Kwayzee

    yessssssss nicki

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  3. MyshiTBaNg

    GET THAT MONEY NICKI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let them talk, Nicki killing this shit !!

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  4. yamotha

    Every comment under this will say how much Nicki sucks. No one will care.

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  5. Oh

    Didnt she say this shit for washed up bitches on her song ? Anyways Mariah is the only one up there with talent

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    Queens Reply:

    @Oh, Here yall go MISINTERPRETING LYRICS AGAIN she said ” I couldn’t do yo tv show I needed ten more mill not ten on the back I need ten on signing ” Simon asked her to do xfactor but wasn’t paying enough so she said ” give that ish to a washed up” meaning she should get at least 10mill+ and I guess AI agreed lol

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    Oh Reply:

    @Queens, But American Idol is only giving her 8 Million ? So …..

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  6. BOOKED

    I don’t agree with Nicki judgin but you can’t knock Nic for her hustle lol. I will try to catch this as much as I can cause she be shady. Speaking of shade, Mariah is the Queen of Shade lol

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  7. Matt C.

    Oh wow, I just…

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  8. nicko

    NICKI’S GETTTING MONEEEEEEYYYY !!! SO PROUD TO STAN FOR SUCH AN AMAAAZING WOMAN :’)

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    w Reply:

    @nicko, aim higher in life than being a stan of someone else

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    SHAWTY Reply:

    @w, YES! These people need to Stan for themselves and get their Own money UP and Get themselves a life.

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  9. HeavyHeavy

    Oh american idol hiring clowns for the entertainment factor…ok then

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    Kidd Reply:

    @HeavyHeavy, Mariah is not clown stop hating u are so pressed

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    HeavyHeavy Reply:

    @Kidd, I would never diss a legend and queen of mariahs status. I was talking bout Nicki with that scary clown wig.

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    Tamar Reply:

    @HeavyHeavy, Where’s your fav though?

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    HeavyHeavy Reply:

    @Tamar, you sound pressed lol

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  10. Karruche Will Never Be Rihanna

    Mariah is the QUEEN of the panel. The rest… *sigh*

    Can’t wait for the new MC album!

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  11. Lol

    American Idol judges don’t really have to do anything besides give advice and praise the contestants and I do think Nicki can do.

    And to the people who are saying she can’t criticise anybody because she can’t sing herself, neither can Randy or Simon.

    It will be interesting watching her but if she goes over the top with her accents and egos, it will eventually get on everyone’s nerves!
    And on Keith, I don’t know who the fuck he is?

    Mariah Carey, is going to be the main judge, as she is the most successful and has one of the greatest voices. So any advice or criticism she gives is exceptional, I do really hope this will be like old AI and I think it will be. They’ll be like a family, and be great! A few diva fits, ghetto

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  12. Realist

    lmao mariah probaby there pressed As FUKK

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  13. smh

    $12 MILLION?!?! SMH! lol

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  14. Free Your Mind

    Let the foolery begins!

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    nicki won Reply:

    @Free Your Mind, IS THAT THE REASON WHY U REALLY MAD LMAOO!

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    Free Your Mind Reply:

    @nicki won, Actually, believe me not, my feeling right now is quite the opposite. I’m laughing because I cannot take Nicki Minaj seriously with that much hair & the colour (it’s sort of clownish) i’m sorry i’m just being honest! It’s so loud I cannot get past it to fathom her as a judge!

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    Dro Reply:

    @Free Your Mind, Because that’s what’s brought her success. Shes not critiquing or judging actual vocals. She’s there to judge presence. It’s in the press release. Record producers Simon and more so Randy were the only ones who ever judged vocals specifically. Paula Abdul a entertainer was more about Performance and presence. They’d all even critique the contestants wardrobe.

    Steven Tyler, a legendary singer, was a vocal critic. Jennifer Lopez, an entertainer, was more so presence and “it” factor. They masquerade as being all about vocals but they have stopped caring about vocals solely after Fantasia and Reuben Studdard. Audiences aren’t about vocalists anymore they’re after a package and/or a story. Like Susan Boyle. Or Carrie underwood.

    They have to compete with X Factor or America’s Got Talent. They’re looking for packages now. This year is the most solidified vocal singers they’ll have ever had on a panel. Nicki is not judging vocals.

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    Dro Reply:

    @Free Your Mind, And on American Idol the judges don’t decide who wins. The people at home (ie producers) do. You think you have to give a phone vocal audition before you vote.

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  15. nicki won

    NICKI GET THAT MONEY B##CH ALL U HATING Ass HOES CAN STAY MAD TEAMMINAJ4EVER!

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @nicki won, kiss a horse ass

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  16. Chauncey

    Idol has seen its day. That sun set years ago. The Voice is what people are turning too now.

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  17. Free Your Mind

    You know what’s interesting, people fail to mention how excited they are for the fact that Nicki might assist in finding the next big thing but yet you all are more concern with her winning & making that green which proves my point even further!

    Got to love you Nicki Minaj stans!

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  18. AintMad

    $12 Million?! Dayum! Can’t be mad, where do I SIGN???? If they offering it up I wouldn’t be turning down nothing but my collar!

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  19. Free Your Mind

    Is that orange, yellow, pink & green – ROFL – WTH?! I hope she’s consistent with these looks, i need some material for my next act lol!

    It’s bad enough that she’s a judge & her appearance looks like that, how do she expect the contestants to take her seriously?

    I can see it now, the contestants like OMG how i’m going to sing with her looking like that! #Jokes

    What’s the name of that black thick chick for the past auditions who had on the blonde wig tank top & metallic skirt, sang Britney’s ‘oops i didn’t again’, & didn’t want to drink Paula’s water when Paula offered it, that’s who Nicki reminds me of!

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @Free Your Mind, Nicki a joke chile

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  20. MmmHmm

    O_O WHAT CAN SHE TEACH THE CONTESTANTS?! SHE LIP SYNCHS MOST OF HER SONGS & SHE EVEN LIP SYNCHS HER RAPS…WHO DOES THAT?!

    AMERICAN IDOL IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO COMPETE TO GAIN A YOUNGER AUDIENCE & STEAL THEM AWAY FROM XTINA & BRITTNEY!

    DID PEPSI LET HER GO?! AMERICAL IDOL ALL COCA COLA THAT WOULD BE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST? I GUESS SHE WASNT MAKING PEPSI ANY MONEY!

    LMAO THE STRUGGLE!

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @MmmHmm, I…AM…ON THE F*CKING FLOOR LMAO!!!!!

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  21. coolio

    Too many posts about Nicki rap-up

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @coolio, CHILE I KNOW!!!

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  22. Andy

    Love Keith Urban! He, Randy and Mariah have credence and are people contestants will respect as judges.

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  23. Hugh

    Surprised with Keith Urban. He is on The Voice Australia, which sort of implies he’s a C-List Judge in the US.

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  24. kal

    Mariah doesn’t even care about these other b*tches…I love how she laughs her comment off when we know its the truth…love you MC!

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  25. QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL

    The Voice already sh!tted on XFactor. Why AI tryna look hip and cool and hire a clown instead? WTF!

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    BEEN A FAN Reply:

    @QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA’LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL, BITH STFU WITCHU LONG ASS TITLE OF NAME THE BITCH IS NOT THE BEST TO DO IT HAVE SHE EVEN HAVE A HIT PLS STOP ENDORSING HER COME AT ME WHEN SHE WINS AWRADS & OTHER THINGS BITCH SHE NOT DOING NOTHING W HER HOUSE MUSIC SHE NEVER SIAD SHE EVEN HIP HOP SHE ALWAYS BEEFING SHE NOT WINNIN THERE OTHER TALENTS RAPPERS LIKE IGGY & SHE A TRUE RAPPER

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, oooh gorl. I’m sorry i hurt your feelingz. You better wish you won’t see the light of day of 2013 cuz Queen AB is gonna murder rap bitches careers.

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA’LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL, YOU STOOPID HOE

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  26. REAL TALK

    They only going with nicki because of the ratings!!! We all KNo what a Judge on any talent show should be and she havent even been in the game for 10years..plus she just not to long ago started….she might fall off in a couple of years…FOOLERY AND BOFOOERY AT ITS FINEST..BItch CANT EVEN SING.WANNA JUDGE SOMEBODY WITH HER NO TALENT ASS..EVERYTHING ABOUT HER IS LIL KIM…KIM WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @REAL TALK, COSIGN!

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    Oh Reply:

    @REAL TALK, Pressed much ?

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  27. @taimiicel

    So proud of nicki

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  28. RDK

    So proud of Nicki,i wish her the best.

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    truth(the one and only u bitch) Reply:

    @RDK, STFU

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  29. truth(the one and only u bitch)

    I canint stand that BITCH minaj so i sure won’t be watch that CIRCUS!

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  30. TheShadeStartsNow

    Mariah is the Queen of Shade! I will be watching for the shadefest that she gives Sicki Garbarge. Let the games begin!
    1 Mariah!

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  31. Love?

    they had to replace JLo with two divas… and these bitches dont even like each other LOL

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    brandy & Kelly Rowland Bron in the same day as Feb Reply:

    @Love?, LOL

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  32. brandy & Kelly Rowland Bron in the same day as Feb

    That Nice that all of them’s on the show, and damn it too many post about Nicki Minaj Half of yall people like Nicki Minaj and half of yall don’t like her cause she gonna be on the American Idol(A.I.) show looking like a Clown fool & laughing @ Ppl Singing ,rap,country music

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