updated 09/16/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/16/2012 AT 11:30 AM ET
In addition to familiar face Randy Jackson, Carey will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban on the panel when the singing competition’s 12th season debuts in January, Fox announced Sunday.
“It’s really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the American Idol family,” Urban, 44, says. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same passion that I have for music in all of the participants.”