Randy Jackson
All of the American Idol judges have reportedly been given their marching orders and  will not return for the next season of the show. xxx

American idol producers are reportedly planning to axe the entire judging panel in a bid to save the ailing show.

According to celebrity site The Wrap, none of the current judges - Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj , Randy Jackson and Keith Urban - will be asked to return next season.

With ratings continuing to fall, Idol bosses reportedly believe the Fox show is in need of a serious makeover.

"All four are gone," an insider said. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back.

Fox has options to re-sign all four judges for another season, but the broadcasting giant won't be picking them up, according to the knowledgeable individual, who said: "No more big cheques for divas."

News of the complete revamp follows Randy Jackson's announcement that he is quitting the TV talent competition at the end of the current series.

Jackson, who is the only remaining original judge, revealed that he was leaving Idol to focus on his record label and other business opportunities.

The 56-year-old producer and bassist first appeared on the panel alongside with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the competition began in 2002.

"To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season," he said.

"I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry."

The finale of the 12th season is set is air new week. R&B vocalist Candice Glover from South Carolina and 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Texas will go head to head for the coveted title.