Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol

Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj

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updated 05/30/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 05/30/2013 AT 7:40 PM ET

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are singing their swan songs to American Idol.

On Thursday, Carey reTweeted a post by her reps that announced, “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”

Minutes later, Minaj Tweeted: “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”

The news comes after weeks of speculation that the entire current judges panel would be leaving the show.

Carey and Minaj followed the departure of the show’s top “dawg,” Randy Jackson, who said he was looking forward to “focusing on my company … and other business ventures.”

Only the fate of Keith Urban remains in question.


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