Look! It’s a brand new American Idol 12 poster! The judges round auditions just wrapped up in Long Beach, CA. People magazine is confirming what Nicki Minaj told MTV recently. That she and Mariah Carey are getting along just fine, sitting next to each other on the panel.
According to MY source, 43 people auditioned on Day 1 in Long Beach, and 16 got through. There were online auditioners who sang for the judges as well.
From People Magazine
“Mariah and Nicki sat next to each other yesterday,” an Idol source said Thursday. “There really is some great chemistry among all the judges.”
The new panel has been working long hours, adds the source, but “they’ve found what they think is some seriously superstar talent out there.”
The Long Beach set had its fill of special, expressive moments too, such as when an 8-year-old girl showed up dressed like Minaj – complete with a pink and blue wig – to support her auditioning aunt.
“Nicki told her she loved her color palette and talked to her about how important it is stay in school,” says the source. “The little girl sang ‘Starships’ for Nicki, who let the girl and her brother sit on her lap for the audition. It was really cute.”