‘American Idol’ season 12: First official photo of Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban

The “American Idol” judges have all settled in now to their new spots on the judging panel, and with that in mind, we now have a photo showing the gang at work.

For whatever reason, we are always excited to see just where all of the judges are placed; and traditionally, the two “head judges” are the ones that are sitting at either end of the panel. Randy Jackson is in the same spot that he has been a part of now for over a decade, while Mariah Carey has received the seat that was once occupied by the likes of Simon Cowell and Steven “that was beautiful” Tyler. Hopefully, she will be more like the former judge than the latter.

So far, early reports from the audition tapings are positive, with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe saying that there is some strong chemistry here between the four judges, even with them all still getting accustomed to each other and this new environment. Randy already knows Mariah very well having worked as her manager for many years; meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest pretty much knows everyone courtesy of all the interviews that he does on his show. The only people who may really feel like somewhat new additions with all this in mind are Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, and even one of them in Keith is familiar with the singing competition genre courtesy of “The Voice” Australia.

What do you think about this photo, and are you feeling pretty confident at the moment about the future of this show? We want to hear some more of your thoughts with a comment below! If you do want to check out some more news pertaining to the hires, all you have to do is read the story over at the link here.

Photo: Fox

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