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‘American Idol’ Judges Cover The Hollywood Reporter (Photo Gallery)

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'American Idol' Judges 2013 in The Hollywood Reporter

The judges of “American Idol” appear on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter. Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj are gearing up for the 12th season of the hit Fox series. They will be joined by host Ryan Seacrest.

Carey spoke about taking a seat at the table. “I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. He [her husband, Nick Canon] said I should do it because it’s the top, it’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’ I know everyone’s like, ‘We can’t have schmaltzy answers,’ Well guess what? Some people still want to be inspired. Some people need to have that kind of validation and to feel like, if this person did it, then I can. And I do have one of those stories.”

Jackson echoed Carey’s sentiments. “I believe in the process. I think there’s at least three or four of these kids that have huge careers ahead of them who will go on until they decide to stop. I think we’re the only show of its kind that can say that.”

Urban is on board as well. “I like helping artists get rid of the cheesy crap around them that they haven’t yet figured out they don’t need. I wish I had more of that. I had to learn a lot of it myself.”

As for Minaj, she said, “[There's] a judgmental culture in hip-hop. Sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person. I’m still surprised that I decided to do it.”