Get ready to see Nicole Kidman pop up in the American Idol audience this season: Her country crooner husband Keith Urban is joining the show as a judge, FOX announced today. The network also announced that Nicki Minaj is also heading to the judges table.
Keith and Nicki join already-announced judges Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson. Idol returns for its 12th season in January.
“It’s really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the American Idol family,” Keith said Sunday. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same passion that I have for music in all of the participants.”
Idol host Ryan Seacrest confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, ”It’s official,” alongside a photo of the new cast and crew (above).
The new judges follow the departure of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, who left the show after two seasons.