Mariah let the world know by retweeting her PR firm, PMK•BMC. The firm lead with the success of her current single with Miguel, “Beautiful.”
Her foil on the show, Nicki Minaj, followed suite just over two hours later but choosing the tweet her departure news herself.
Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!! — Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 30, 2013
Longtime judge Randy Jackson’s departure from the show was announced earlier in May. The status of judge Keith Urban is still undetermined, with no announcements from Urban, his camp or the show as of yet. Jennifer Hudson is widely rumored to be joining the panel for next season. Check out our evaluation of how the judges did last season on Idol.