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The 10 Most Outrageous 'American Idol' Judging Moments

The craziest things Simon Cowell, Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul and more have said and done
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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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