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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Confirm Exits From ‘American Idol’

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The judges table for next season’s ‘American Idol’ will see new faces as Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have announced their departure from the reality singing competition.

The news of both entertainers’ confirmed exit from ‘Idol’ did not leave fans very shocked considering rumors have spread over the last few weeks. Once Randy Jackson revealed he was leaving the show, it was only a matter of time before the other judges went on the record.

PMK-BNC, Carey’s publicity firm, confirmed the lauded songstress was exiting ‘Idol’ via Twitter. “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol http://mariahcarey.com,” was posted to the company’s official Twitter page.

As for the Young Money rap star, she also relied on Twitter to share her departure news. “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!” Minaj tweeted.

Both ladies are focusing on their forthcoming music projects. With a world tour to plan, Carey will, of course, perform past and present hits, especially those yet to be heard on her upcoming 14th LP. Minaj will return to her hip-hop roots and begin crafting her third studio album.

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