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Nicki Minaj reportedly definitely not returning as 'American Idol' judge

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/15/2013 

Nicki Minaj will reportedly definitely not return to American Idol's judging panel for next year's thirteenth season of the Fox reality singing competition.

"It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol," a source told Us Weekly. "She's okay with it. She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."

The rapper will reportedly be turning her focus to creating her next album, going on tour and endorsement deals. 

Earlier this week, Fox had confirmed prior reports that the network's considering a drastic shakeup that could replace American Idol's entire judging panel next season.
"Welcome back? Absolutely. But everything at this point is on the table," Fox chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters during a Monday conference call when asked whether Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban will be "welcome" to return as judges for Idol's thirteenth edition, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"We can only confirm that one judge is not coming back, obviously in [Randy Jackson]," Reilly added, referring to Jackson's recent announcement that he has decided to quit the show following this season.

Reports that American Idol will reportedly be dumping its entire judging panel for next year's season began circulating earlier this month.

"All four are gone," a source told The Wrap. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back."

The reality singing competition has experienced a steady decline in viewership since it peaked in its sixth season. Idol's ratings are reportedly down 22% percent this season and hit an all-time low during a recent Thursday night live results show broadcast when only 11 million viewers tuned in, according to The Wrap.

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