Nicki Minaj Is Officially Leaving 'American Idol,' Too

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Not to be upstaged by rival Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj confirmed on Thursday that she, too, is leaving American Idol after a season filled with low ratings and big feuds.

"Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!" Minaj, 30, wrote on Twitter.

The confirmation came about an hour or so after Carey confirmed her own exit on the popular social media website.

With Carey and Minaj off the panel, that leaves only Keith Urban, who, for reasons that still cannot be processed, has expressed interest in staying on with the dying reality-competition series. (Randy Jackson confirmed his exit last month.) However, there are rumors circulating that Idol will bring back former contestants to judge the show when it returns for its 13th season in January.

Jennifer Hudson is said to be on the list for consideration.

Minaj's one-season stint on Idol got off to a rough start during the audition rounds when she and Carey exchanged harsh words and, in Minaj's case, thinly veiled death threats. Things never really got better after that.

 

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