Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj officially exit American Idol

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have quit American Idol after just one season in order to concentrate on their music career.


Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have quit American Idol.

Mariah has confirmed she will leave the show after just one season in order to undertake a world tour following the success of her latest single "Beautiful."

The 43-year-old singer retweeted a message from her PR representatives which read: "W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol http://mariahcarey.com"

Along with the tour, Mariah has a number of other projects this year.

Her representative told People magazine: "The rest of this year is jampacked with Mariah putting the finishing touches on her much anticipated forthcoming album, headlining the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and appearing in Lee Daniels’s The Butler, opening in August."

Nicki has followed in the footsteps of fellow judge Mariah by confirming her first season on the show will also be her last.

Nicki wrote on Twitter: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!."

Randy Jackson has also quit, leaving Keith Urban as the only remaining judge.

Mariah and Nicki are the second and third judge to confirm their departure from the American Idol panel after Randy Jackson, who was the only original judge remaining on the show, recently revealed he made the decision not to return next season because he wants to focus on his other interests.

He said: "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season."

Randy added, "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."

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It is unclear if Keith Urban will return.


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