Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Quit ‘American Idol’

Following veteran "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson's only slightly surprising resignation announcement earlier this month, and Fox reality chief Mike Darnell's resignation last week, Randy's Season 12 co-star and former client, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj have both confirmed that they too won't be returning to "Idol" next year.
"W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol," Mariah's PR firm, PMK-BNC, announced via Twitter on Thursday. Mariah has yet to tweet anything herself, as of this writing, although she retweeted PMK-BNC's post.
"Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the 'American Idol' contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to 'Idol' hopefuls for many seasons to come," the Fox network and "Idol's" production company, FremantleMedia, said in a joint statement.

Nicki broke her resignation news on Twitter herself, posting: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!."
Fox and FremantleMedia issued the following statement: "Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to 'American Idol' and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season. Given her extremely busy career, we understand and respect her decision and wish her the best."
These announcements are hardly a shock. The writing really was on the Fox wall before this season even began, when that damning footage of a Nicki/Mariah catfight "leaked" on TMZ, and a backlash among core "Idol" viewers ensued, months before the Season 12 premiere actually aired. This feud overshadowed the entire season (and overshadowed the contestants, who deserved better), and the result was plenty of bad vibes...and low ratings. On May 16, the show had its lowest-rated finale ever, in all dozen seasons.
In some ways, though, Season 12's panel was a marked improvement over Season 10/11's useless and enabling Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who seemed physically incapable of doling out any sort of constructive criticism. Nicki was engaging, entertaining, and the straightest-shooting judge since Simon Cowell. Mariah may have taken what felt like 18 minutes to make a point (at $18 million, it seemed she was getting paid by the word), but in her own roundabout way, she did occasionally offer some good technical advice from a world-class vocalist's perspective. Even Randy stepped up his game a little bit.


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