2American Idol starts its twelfth season in January 2013 in a state of creative flux, as Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj have been added as judges.  Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have left the show, but Idol fixtures Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson are back for another season.

Although the recent diva dust-up between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj has been one of this week’s top entertainment stories, don’t expect American Idol to lose any momentum.  The argument may actually spike ratings, as viewers may want to see if Carey and Minaj can actually work together.  Ryan Seacrest believes American Idol is still the “gold standard” of singing shows.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Seacrest)

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