The latest from the American Idol judge-hunting drama: Mariah Carey is reportedly upset when she found out that producers are seriously considering Nicki Minaj as another judge. Though it was in no way final, Carey must have been annoyed if she really was led to believe that she will be the only female judge in the panel.
Now, Minaj could be the big gamble Idol is willing to take in order to regain its former popularity — though if this would not work, let this be a warning that the show will definitely take a plunge and be a total train wreck.
Adding fuel to the fire is Carey’s controversial tweet weeks ago saying:“@AmericanIdol What’s going on? need the info!! What about this combo? : ) if we could ever get him to do it!” Along with the message was an attached photo of Carey with Lenny Kravitz, obviously suggesting him as a possible co-judge.
So far, only Carey has been confirmed in signing the judging contract with Idol but with speculations that there will be four judges this season, and Randy Jackson’s exit, producers have 3 more slots to fill.
Another rumored possible Idol judge is revealed to be Kanye West, with reports claiming that producers are in negotiations with the rapper. However, West seemed to be unsure as he does not think it’s his cup of tea. At any rate, it was revealed that he was offered the same annual salary as Carey.
Meanwhile, Randy Jackson has also been confirmed to be leaving the judging panel, possibly for a mentor post. This leaves the show with an all-new judge lineup, with others speculating there could be 4 judges this coming season.
Other rumored celebrities being considered to judge Idol are Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams.
American Idol is only several months away from its 12th season but the final set of judges is still given to much speculation. And for the producers, it will be challenging to steer an old franchise back to its glory days, especially after it has lost 23% in ratings on its last run.