The buzz that has surrounded Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey joining the judging panel has brought some interest back to the show that seemingly lost its soul the past couple of seasons. In the beginning of the “American Idol” franchise, talented artists like Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks drew the African American community to their televisions to watch soulful showdowns and catty criticisms from the judges.

“American Idol” has officially announced that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will be regulars on the show. We hope that their presence brings other talented and positive individuals from our community to the forefront like the “American Idol” stars in our gallery.

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