Nicki Minaj, New 'American Idol' Judge?
Just when we were ready to give up on "American Idol," they throw us a curveball. Rumors seem to confirm that the popular reality singing competition has asked Nicki Minaj to join the judges table for its new, 12th season.
The colorful female emcee, 29, is reportedly already set to be the latest addition, a source tells Us Weekly. "I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it," the source told Us. "A few more things to sign off on, but it is happening."
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Another source told the magazine that Minaj is "100% confirmed to judge 'American Idol.'"
Right now reps for both Fox and the singer have not commented on the speculation. If the rumors are true, though, Minaj will be added to a high-caliber panel that already includes singing legend Mariah Carey, and has artists like Pharrell Williams and Nick Jonas up for consideration.
Previous judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced that they were leaving the show earlier this summer.
Carey announced her involvement in July. Since then other names have floated by the franchise, including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Adam Lambert, Miley Cyrus, Brad Paisley, and Pink.
"What you've got to realize is you've got to create a panel that gels," show producer Nigel Lythgoe told E! News. "A panel that makes sense together - it's not just about three individuals."
Randy Jackson, the only remaining original member of the judges' table, will reportedly be moving into more of a "mentoring role" on the show.
Minaj was recently forced to cancel her shows at the V Festival in England due to an issue with strained vocal cords. Angry fans shot up Twitter to complain about the cancellations, and the feisty rapper shot back her own retorts.
"I am so thankful to my true fans who understand WHY I couldn't play #VFestival & WHY I can't play Dublin. Absolutely gutted," she wrote Monday morning.
"However, if u have anything negative to say to me, please #EatS**tAndDie - I am human."
We can't wait to see how Minaj's flair for wordplay comes out on TV.
Who would you like to see as a judge on the show? Let us know in the comments!