American Idol: A Look Back at the Judging Panel Pre-Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj (GALLERY)

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American Idol rewind!

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban will be taking their turn behind the judging panel tonight on Idol—joining veteran Randy Jackson.

And since the show, which debuted in 2002, has gone through so many changes over the years, we figure now’s the perfect time to for a bit of nostalgia.

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From Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul to Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, see the star judges who came before the season 12 newbies below.

GALLERY: An American Idol judge flashback

Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET on FOX to see if Nicki Minaj, Mariah and Keith live up to your expectations!

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