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Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Cover 'The Hollywood Reporter'

American Idol judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson take the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the judges, who shared the cover with host Ryan Seacrest, had to tell the mag:

Mariah, on deciding to do the reality show:
“I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. [Husband Nick Cannon] said I should do it because it’s the top, it’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’”

Nicki, on the stigma of being on the show: “[There's] a judgmental culture in hip-hop…sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person. I’m still surprised that I decided to do it.”

Keith, on contestant’s desires to win: “It shouldn’t be about fame or money. It should be your calling. This is what you do. You don’t have a choice.”

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Mariah Carey: 'American Idol' Hollywood Round Day Two!

Mariah Carey shimmers in a golden dress while arriving to film segments for the Hollywood Round of American Idol on Thursday (December 13) in Los Angeles.

Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, and Keith Urban were also on hand to decide the fate of the contestants.

“We’ve jelled really, really well as a group,” Nicki told reporters (via People) about her relationship with Mariah. “We have a great chemistry. We have a great rhythm now together, and we really are taking it serious. … We really are rooting for the contestants and we want to find a great American Idol.”

20+ pictures inside of Mariah Carey arriving for American IdolMore Here! »

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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj: 'American Idol' Filming!

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj arrive at a studio to film segments for the upcoming season of American Idol on Wednesday (December 12) in Los Angeles.

The ladies were joined by their fellow judges Randy Jackson and Keith Urban.

Before heading into the studio, both Mariah and Nicki had their makeup touched up outside.

The upcoming twelfth season of American Idol will premiere on Fox on January 16. We can’t wait to see the new talent. Will you be watching??

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Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey: New 'American Idol' Promo Pic!

Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban pose for a promo picture for the upcoming twelfth season of American Idol.

It was just announced by Fox that Idol will be returning to the small screen for a two-night season premiere on Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17. A two hour episode will air on Wednesday with a one hour episode on Thursday.

Check out the first promo picture in case you missed it!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the new American Idol promo picture?

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Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj: 'American Idol' Promo Shot!

Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban pose together in this new promo shot for the upcoming twelfth season of American Idol!

The Idol judges and host took the pic over the weekend during the show’s first day of auditions for the new season.

Also pictured inside: The judges talking to the press on the second day of auditions on Monday (September 17) in New York City.

Mariah responded to reports that she and Nicki were feuding, saying, “How are we gonna feud in two days? A feud takes a little longer to spread out [than that].”


Mariah Carey Responds to Nicki Minaj Feud Reports
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Nicki Minaj & Keith Urban: 'American Idol' Judging Day Two!

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban report for duty for their second day as judges on American Idol on Monday (September 17) at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The 29-year-old rapper and the 44-year-old country singer were joined by fellow judge Randy Jackson while arriving.

Nicki, Keith, and Randy, as well as Mariah Carey, all filmed their first episode together the day before. Make sure to check out the official judges table photo!

FYI: Keith is wearing a Levi’s Trucker Jacket.

30+ pictures inside of Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban arriving for American Idol auditions… More Here! »

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Nicki Minaj & Keith Urban: First Official Photo of New 'American Idol' Judges!

Ryan Seacrest stands between American Idol‘s newest judges Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban in this just released pic of the show’s judging panel.

The trio was joined by returning judge Randy Jackson and fellow newbie Mariah Carey.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Nicki Minaj

“After some musical chairs, here’s how the new #IdolJudges will be seated,” Ryan tweeted along with the photo.

Earlier today, Keith expressed his excitement for AI‘s upcoming season via Twitter: “SO excited to be joining the team on @AmericanIdol!!!!!! -KU #idoljudge.”

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