In perhaps the least shocking admissions of the past month, both Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey announced today that they’re done with the American Idol circus. The ladies will leave to focus on music, becoming the second and third judge respectively to leave the show after mainstay Randy Jackson previously told the world he was heading for the hills.

Given the reality show’s abysmal ratings this season and the continual in-fighting amongst the judges, it’s not a shock the women are done with the show. In fact, there’s no guarantee either of their contracts would have been picked up for another year had they wanted to continue, but a case could be made that the show may actually miss them. Carey has largely stepped into the Paula Abdul sympathetic ear role, and as the show has proven over and over again, someone needs to fill that role. Minaj, on the other hand, quickly became the single most vocal judge on the panel. From openly courting boos from the audience to disagreeing with her fellow judges to making wild, unexpected comments, Nicki was arguably the most opinionated judge in the history of the show.

Part of me thinks American Idol is better to just blow up the panel and start over, and part of me thinks the show will really lose something replacing these women, especially Minaj. What do you think? Will you miss Nicki and/ or Mariah? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…

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