‘American Idol’ Cancelled, Show’s Former Executive Producer Calls Hiring Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey a Mistake

Photo Credit: FOX
Photo Credit: FOX

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

‘American Idol’ has been cancelled, and now the former executive producer is admitting one of the worst things they could have ever done is hire Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey as judges in the same season.

Nigel Lythgoe tells Billboard:

“Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether. I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful.”


As you may recall, Nicki and Mariah butted heads during season 12.


  1. American Idol jumped the shark 5 years ago, so good riddance! I do agree with Nigel about Mariah and Nicki though! One or the other, not both in the room at the same time! Too much ‘tude!!!

  2. Well how long did they think this could run before people got bored? After about 5 winners, people don’t care as much anymore. The winners have been flopping now too.

  3. I’m honestly surprised the slow lasted as long as it did. The cancelling was long overdue imo

  4. They just need someone to blame for the failure of this show and Mariah and Nicki are being used as the scapegoat. I’m glad they’re cancelling. Haven’t watched this mess since Fantasia’s win anyway.

  5. 0h please this show was going down the drain before them! I actually like that season and it was the last season I watched. Candice deserved to win, I have no idea what she’s doing now since winning 2 yrs ago

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