New “American Idol” Judges Take Their Places For New York Auditions

In case you weren’t exactly convinced after yesterday’s official announcement by FOX of the new American Idol judging lineup, the network has now released the first official photo of the new judging panel poised behind the infamous judging desk as they begin auditions for American Idol Season 12 in New York City.

In the photo shared by the FOX publicity department, it’s interesting to note that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are safely separated by country artist Keith Urban. Hopefully Urban won’t have to come in between the two in case the divas launch into a catfight.

The lone remaining judge from the original Idol judging lineup, Randy Jackson, wisely finds himself at the end of the judging table.

All three of the new judges took to Twitter yesterday to voice their excitement on the upcoming season.

What are your thoughts on the new lineup? Let us know in the comments section below. American Idol returns in January.

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