American Idol season 12 judges

Say goodbye to this panel of judges. Sources report to E! News that FOX is set to fire all four judges with an announcement expect this Monday during the 2013-2014 line-up presentation by FOX. Not only that, but there will be big changes to the entire show, though that news is likely to come much later.

We previously shared the news that Mariah Carey was fired and Randy Jackson quit (after 12 seasons I’d presume they let him quit rather than be fired), but now we know Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will also be out next year. Take note that FOX spent a reported $30 million collectively to put Nicki and Mariah on this season’s panel.

Not only are the judges reported to be leaving, but rumor has it that longtime executive producer Nigel Lythgoe will also be canned as FOX looks for a near-complete makeover of the aging (and rates falling) reality competition show.

As for the format changes, TheWrap.com reports:

The show’s format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be a thing of the past. But the show’s trademark audition episodes will continue.

Yeah, we’ve heard that one before. “No more cheesy theme nights” we’ve been told time after time and yet this season we still ended up with Burt Bacharach night. Burt Bacharach, people! *Shakes head* So I’ll believe it when I see it, but if they’re paying attention to The Voice then yes, maybe it’ll finally happen.

What do you think of all these proposed changes? Are you glad to see this season’s judges gone? What do you think we need to see in American Idol 2014 to make it a hit again?

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