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American Idol Judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urbran, & Randy Jackson Stops At Adler Planetarium In Chicago For Idol Auditions!

On Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 25 & 26) American Idol made their way to Adler Planetarium in search of their next big stars, with more than 100 people showing up for the Idol auditions.

Judges Nicki, Mariah, Keith and Randy took on the big city, where Chicago is just the second of seven stops ‘Idol’ is making to complete the 12th season of the show which airs on Fox in January 2013.

According to the show’s host Ryan Seacrest

“Chicago has always been a good stop for us. We’ve had a lot of success here in the past.”  

The view behind us is just spectacular, (In reference to Lake Michigan and the Skyline).

With Randy Jackson giving his thoughts on Chi-Town, 

“Success in the music industry is a hallmark of Chicago. You’ve got the great Jennifer Hudson from here, and Mr. R. Kelly…..Just a ton of talent, all the way back to Styx. He also gave a shout out to a band called Chicago Transit Authority, which later changed its name to Chicago.”

According to the ChicagoTribune, the judges got very emotional during a press conference when each judge was asked about how hard the judging process is.

“I literally was in tears today,” said Carey, sitting alongside long time host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Urban, rapper Nicki Minaj and record producer and “Idol” original Randy Jackson. 

“The stories are beyond belief. And they can sing too. It wasn’t the norm, I’d imagine.” 

Urban said he was touched by one person in particular who was accompanied by his parents to the audition. It marked the first time the “Idol” hopeful had sang in front of his parents. 

“I was fortunate to have my parents support me,” Urban said, pointing out that parents don’t always support their children’s music dreams. “It was beautiful to see.” 

“(Jackson) has given us a lot of insight,” said Carey. “I’ve already said this publicly, but I haven’t been watching ‘Idol’ every night. … He’s been enlightening me.”


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