The 10 Most Outrageous 'American Idol' Judging Moments

The craziest things Simon Cowell, Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul and more have said and done
Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban
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Get Ready for Season 12

When American Idol returns on January 16th for its (gasp!) 12th season, viewers will notice a massive makeover among the show's judging panel: Gone are Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, replaced by new faces Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. (Of course, mainstay Randy Jackson is back – seriously, what else is the guy gonna do?) Truth be told, Idol hasn't been the same since original judge Simon Cowell departed back in 2010 to launch The X Factor. The new judges will have to live up to a high standard of must-see craziness set by their predecessors. Here are 10 of the funniest, wildest and most outrageous Idol judging moments ever.

By Dan Hyman

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