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American Idol Season 12 Judges and Ryan Seacrest

American Idol Season 12: Hello Keith Urban, Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj


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I am a little late to the party. I meant to add this blog topic yesterday.

However, this is when the “better late than never” slogan comes in handy and kicks in!

So, after much drama and talks and theories galore, it appears that American Idol finally organized their new judging panel comprised of Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and returning judge, Randy Jackson, at the 11th hour.

In fact, the celebrity auditions began in New York prior to an official announcement from American Idol or Fox. Strange. So strange.

Hard to say how this will play out but that’s a ton of star power at the judges’ table. Will it hinder our focus on the competitive singers?

I think this may be the reason why The Voice contestants don’t fare as well after the competition ends – they are tethered to their celebrity judges and, once the show is over, they are totally on their own for the most part. They have to achieve their own identity.

Hopefully, American Idol will enforce a barrier rule, making sure that the singers – and not the judges – remain foremost in our minds. This is always how American Idol has operated and why we love it so.

So, what say y’all? Do you love this new line-up of judges?

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

8 Responses to “American Idol Season 12: Hello Keith Urban, Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj”

  1. I wonder how much these four are costing. If I only had certain powers:)

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  2. I for one am disgusted with these judges. So many better ones were considered. Enrique, Adam, etc. I can’t stomach Miriah. Nikki is just plan weird and mumbles when she speak, Randy is useless and has been for years.

    Idol is done-jumped shark and onto XFactor me.

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  3. It’s funny that I answer your questions on another thread. I don’t care what happens on The Voice, X-Factor, or America’s Go Talent. It doesn’t matter who they hire. However, I really don’t want the Judges to be so over-powering as to become the main focus of the show. There are two Divas here who might be competiting for attention. If all the judges do a good job, I will be plesed. We already know what we will get with Randy. The clique phrases and more “Dude” or “Dawg.” He has the musical knowledge to do so much better.

    I think Mariah will work out and I have great hopes for Keith. I am not impressed with Nicki. Why have 4 judges, but that’s their plan. They have already had the judges begin auditions. So, this is it. I would have loved Enrique. Now, if Randy promises to do better – that will help. Does Nicki even know how to sing?

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  4. I’m not a big Mariah fan, but I do think she has the credentials to be a good judge. I’m not really familiar with Keith Urban or Nicki Minaj, so I just don’t know. Not thrilled that Randy is coming back either. And WHY 4 judges??? You would have thought AI had learned from that mistake.

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  5. My interest has been waning since 2009 when Adam Lambert “broke” Idol for me. Now… I’m done.

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  6. I’m interested to see how NM does. She may just prove to be a side show attraction and comic relief, but I thought that was Randy’s job….LOL I think Randy should have taken on the mentoring role so we could see how musically talented he truly is and then if he proves to have a real musical ear and eye for creating an onstage performance he could possibly come back as judge and garner more respect in his observations.

    I think the other two judges will do just fine. Mariah and Keith are awesome choices if you ask me.

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  7. I’m with Shannon on this one. I’ve been a loyal Idol fan since Season 2, however S7 & S8 with David Cook & Adam respectively, were the best for me (for you…lol). But yes, Adam broke Idol for me as well. Never voted since. Our family has been just hanging on watching the last few seasons, but this panel does it for us. Won’t be tuning in, we’re done. I think these talent competition shows have run their course, over-saturated the market, and Idol has long since left their successful formula behind that once made it a great show. Now it’s more about judges and their personalities and promoting or resurrecting their careers than the contestants.Sad, but Idol had a good run…

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  8. Nicki Minaj looks like an over-produced drag queen. She can’t sing, and I find it hilarious that she’s going to be coaching, and, rating talent on Idol. Mariah, I get it – she hasn’t really had a huge hit since 1997, but she still has a name the industry respects, so it makes sense that she’d become a coach/mentor. Randy, they should of just let him go. Enough already. Keith, probably the most relevant and current artist (I don’t use the term ‘artist’ in describing Nicki) on the panel, and, unlike JLO, I don’t see him using Idol, stealthily, to revive his faded music career.

    My perfect panel would consist of 4, with; Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Nick Lachey/Josh Groban/Justin Timberlake, and Enrique Iglesias/Pink.

    Simon should get Nick to host The X Factor.

    Maybe Shania will make it onto The X Factor-Canada, when/if it takes off. Simon loves her, you never know.

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