Veteran “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Monday to talk about new fellow judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban.
On Fellow Judges
“I’ve known Nicki Minaj for years. Mariah had her on a song years ago. I met her three or four years ago. I’ve know Keith Urban for about four or five years. Look this panel is on fire! The show is on fire! Ryan, this is the new season 12, lets get it!
On Country Superstar Keith Urban
“I love him. He’s an amazing musician. He plays the guitar so well. It’s unbelievable. He and I have already been talking about putting together a supergroup. Me, him and Lil Wayne and some others. He’s amazingly talented, and I think his insight has added a whole new meaning, because we’ve never had anybody country.”
On Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj
“Mariah who is the greatest singer in the world. She’s sold over 200 million records. We’ve got Nicki Minaj who is doing her thing and she’s hot on the charts right now!”
Is Mariah Nervous At All?
“No, since the first couple of people who come in everybody I think everybody was just watching to see how the whole thing was goin’. You know it came off, it was like a duck to water.”
What Can We Look Forward To In Season 12?
“Idol is the only show that I know of that continuously has stars that are produced on this show. We got Phil Phillips from last year. I think judging from what was on last year, and what I’ve seen so far on day one it’s going to be a little different with the talent level that we get. I think it’s still going to be really strong, but I think we may actually find that pop star again. Somebody that has ‘the look.’ The whole fashion vibe. That has the voice and the talent. I think we will find that pop star.”