17 January 2013 9:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American Idol's revamped panel of judges debuted Wednesday on Fox, with Randy Jackson joined by Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey - that same Mariah who's always been cited as someone's inspiration, role model or goddess since the show's very first season, and whose recordings have outsold those of all Idol singers combined. The premiere was not the happy surprise of season 10's launch, which introduced judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Even though Forbes estimates that this new lineup, including host Ryan Seacrest, costs $54 million - the reality-singing competition field is too competitive now to throw in »

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