Nicki Minaj is reportedly leaving American Idol after one season.
“It’s safe to say she isn’t coming back to Idol,” an insider told Us magazine. “She’s OK with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway.”
The announcement comes a little less than a week after Randy Jackson, who was the only original judge left on the competition, confirmed that he was leaving Idol after 12 seasons.
“I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry,” Jackson said. “It’s been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”
A recent report claimed that all four judges — Jackson, Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban — were going to be fired from the singing competition. Producer Nigel Lythgoe was also rumored to be on the chopping block, but there was no mention of whether host Ryan Seacrest would also be on his way out.
The show has been struggling in recent seasons, with the top four performances on May 1 pulling a series low of 11.08 million viewers. Add to the that the on-going feud between Carey and Minaj, and audiences simply weren’t tuning in the way they used to.
So far, neither Carey or Urban has commented on whether they would be returning to American Idol next season. However, Carey is reportedly planning to embark on her first world concert tour since 2004. Her last tour, the Charmbracelet World Tour: An Intimate Evening with Mariah Carey, took the singer to over 20 countries and spanned eight months and 69 shows.
“Due to the smash success of ‘#Beautiful,’ fans are clamoring as Mariah makes plans for a world tour,” a source said. The single, which features R&B singer Miguel, is currently at No 22 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.
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