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All 'American Idol' judges are leaving the show

American Idol judges, from left, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, host Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
American Idol judges, from left, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, host Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Contributed - Network Ten

EVERY American Idol judge has reportedly been fired, leaving Ryan Seacreast as the show's only remaining original cast member.

Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are set to be shown the door on the popular US show, according to The New York Daily News and other media.

56-year-old music producer Randy Jackson is the only judge who has commented on leaving the show so far, saying that he quit rather than being fired.

Randy - who is the only original judge on the panel of the show - said he has made the decision not to return next season because he wants to focus on his other interests.

He told E! News: "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," he says.

"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."

The talent show is faced with declining ratings, with an overall 25 per cent drop of in viewers from last season.

Its judging panel has been in a near-constant state of flux, with Jackson was the only original member left on the show.

Minaj and Carey are also embroiled in an apparent feud, exchanging barbs on-screen and on Twitter.

Host Ryan Seacreast will remain as the only cast member who has stayed since the show's debut.

It was recently claimed that bosses at Fox are planning to replace all four judges, Randy, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Pink and Diddy.

A source said: "The judges don't have real chemistry, and there's no real stand out contestant.

"That's why they want to go big next season, and you can't get any bigger than Justin Bieber.

"The executives are calling it their dream team because who wouldn't tune in to see Justin and Selena, Pink and Diddy?

"Pink has been approached in the past and turned it down as well as Diddy, who wanted too much money.

"It will cost a fortune to get them, but the show has gotten so stale that Fox is desperate for a revamp - they're willing to pay to put 'Idol' back on top."

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Topics:  american idol editors picks keith urban mariah carey nicki minaj ryan seacrest


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