Ryan Seacrest Reveals Secrets of the ‘American Idol’ Season 12 Judges

November 20, 2012 12:20 am

Ryan Seacrest caught up with superstar judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson to discuss the highly anticipated upcoming season of “American Idol.”

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Mariah Carey believes there is an abundance of talent this season. “I think there were some incredibly talented people. And it’s going to be tough,” she said. She even went on to say that “Idol” has “triple” the amount of excellent singers they need!

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Sweet Thing” singer Keith Urban believes “to a large degree” that being an “Idol” judge is what he expected. Regarding the varied opinions from four judges, Keith said —  “The thing about the four of us I think is that we hear different things, and see very different things. And for every time we could react to the same thing, there were times that we thought the other person was insane.”

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Randy Jackson told Ryan that surprisingly about “a third of the time” a contestant walked in the room, their singing completely changed the judge’s initial impression of that contestant.  He explained, “That kid tonight, he could barely speak, he was so quiet, opens his mouth and sings like a bird. I go ‘What is going on?'”

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Ryan was also able to give some inside scoop on the judges’ hidden secrets! Keith can eat anything and not gain weight, Randy has a foot massager on set and Mariah has more pairs of shoes than Randy. Watch the new panel make their debut in the season 12 premiere of “American Idol” January 16.


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