- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2013

None of the four judges on Fox’s “American Idol” will be asked to return for Season 13, an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans told TheWrap.

Celebrity judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and even “Idol” original Randy Jackson won’t survive the shakeup after the show has consistently reported disappointing ratings.

“All four are gone,” the insider told TheWrap. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”

TheWrap reports that longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe will also get the boot and the show’s format will be redesigned. Tribute nights will get the axe along with everyone else.

A Fox spokesperson declined to comment for this story.



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