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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj announce departures from American Idol

June 2, 2013 Clay Aiken, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Urban, Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have tweeted their 'American Idol' departures as judges in next season. Minaj said it is time to focus on the music and confirms the world tour.

The two served the twelfth season of 'American Idol'.

Idol's producers and Fox released statement thereafter announcing the departure of the two from their judge panel and saying Mariah is a true global icon. Shortly Keith Urban, who earlier stated would like to return, too tweeted her departure. However, it is not yet clear whether Urban will be invited back.

Rumors suggest few names may be announced on the panel such as Jennifer Lopez, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken.

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By: Maverine Lane

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