The American Idol judges panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Manaj and country singer Keith Urban.
Rumors were confirmed just hours before the first round of auditions was due to begin for next season in New York.
Randy Jackson has also confirmed he will stay on as a judge, rather than moving to "mentor" like so many had thought he would do.
The three will join pop diva Mariah Carey making it a judges panel of four rather than three like previous years.
Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their exit in July.
Ryan Seacrest will remain as host when the new season begins in January.
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