Ryan Seacrest made the official announcement on Twitter this morning—and on Instagram, as you can see from the picture—that Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will be rounding out the judging panel for American Idol, along with Mariah Carey and good ol’ Randy Jackson. The show has come a long way since the original triumvirate of Randy, Paula and Simon.
Now by including multiple big-voiced divas and a country crooner, AI‘s judges seem more like those of The Voice, which has Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton in those roles. Will Nicki and Mariah be splashy enough to draw people away from Britney Spears over at X Factor? Will there be catfights of Gladiator-like proportions? Will any of these singing competition shows manage to produce a credible, commercially successful winner? It’s all too much to bear. [Popdust]