Nicki Minaj Officially Joins Mariah Carey, Keith Urban & Randy Jackson As American Idol Judge / by

Get used to these four faces, as they will be coming to your television stations in January as the 12th season of the singing competition that started it all "American Idol" returns. It was announced today that Nicki Minaj would be joining the likes of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban & Randy Jackson as official judges on the show.

Not only will this be easy promotion for the new judges, but an easy phat check. Mariah scored a whopping $18 million deal, Nicki snagged a cool $8 million while Keith settled for $4 million. None of which compared to Simon Cowell's last season on idol which made him $35 million richer. Below you can check out a few photos from the new judges.

I just don't know how I feel about these entertainers becoming talent judges when some of them are utterly horrible entertainers themselves. All of these shows, The Voice. X-Factor, American Idol, America's Got Talent and what ever other singing show there is out there includes starving artists who are attempting to revive their failed careers as a judge.

Yes, some of these new judges have a big fat fan base, but numbers show that snagging a world star phenomenon won't help secure ratings. Last week the X-Factor only captured 7 million viewers while The Voice saw over 10 million viewers. So even snagging Brtiney Spears and Demi Lovato didn't help the show with it's ratings.

American Idol has been on the decline since god knows when and the producers are thinking if they spend the big bucks on people like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, then the viewers will come. I think not. I told you before that Mariah Carey is simply using the show to help promote her album that will flop like a fish out of water.

She will plan on milking the show for promotion like Jennifer Lopez did and end up quitting after either the first or second season...just like J.Lo. Nicki Minaj on the other hand is in a different position. She is active in the business and has a HUGE fan base following. She has a popping career and she's pretty much it. She's not doing this to revive a career or to snag free promotion. She's been on point with everything.

So needless to say, with this new cast of judges, will you be watching it? Will the presence of Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey make you tune in? Hell even Keith Urban will bring his country fans to the stands. Will you be watching because of him? Do you even think this will save the show or is American Idol over? Comment below.