After a pretty stable near-decade with the original trifecta of Simon, Paula, and Randy, the American Idol judges bench has seen an alarming rate of turnover these past couple of years. The twelfth season of the Fox reality series brought in big names like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj…a pair that quickly earned infamy for their mutual hostility. After a slew of rumors inviting the possibility of Carey and Minaj’s departure from Idol after just one season, announcements on Thursday night confirmed that both music artists would indeed be stepping down from the program.
ABC reports that Carey will not be returning for the 2013-’14 season, nor will Minaj (whose departure has been all but official for quite some time now). Following the dismissal of the only remaining original judge Randy Jackson, this leaves us with Keith Urban, who has expressed interest in continuing his Idol tour. But with rumors surrounding Jennifer Hudson as an incoming judge, he might not be alone for long.