‘American Idol’ season 12: Are Mariah Carey and the judges finally set?

It’s been a long summer of speculation and rumors that oftentimes came out of nowhere (see Kanye West), but it looks as though “American Idol” is finally going to get their judging panel set in stone for the new season.

As it turns out, the panel is looking to be exactly who we have been talking about for months. According to Deadline the panel is going to be Mariah Carey (whose deal is already set), Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj. What is interesting here are the salaries currently being reported by the website. While the massive paycheck for Carey (which is at least more than $15 million) is still intact here, the salaries for Minaj and Igleasias are a little bit higher than expected in $10-12 million. Meanwhile, Urban is supposedly getting the short end of the stick here in $3-5 million. Granted, we also don’t precisely think that many people would be upset about getting this kind of money for a year’s worth of work. (Plus, Urban has been out of the spotlight a little bit in the past few years.)

This panel is probably going to be formally announced at some sort of press conference this coming week, with the gang officially starting the audition process later this month. The initial cattle calls happened earlier this summer, and we are now in the next phase of the process.

Do you really think that this is the best panel for the show, or do you wish like we do that there was something a little bit more related to “American Idol” overseeing some of the contestants? We want to hear from you below! If you want to check out some news when it comes to Enrique, be sure to head on over to this link.

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