For the past few days there have been rumors going around about which musicians might be added to the forthcoming new season of American Idol as judges. Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias and Keith Urban have been floated around as possible new judges for the show … and today, US Weekly is reporting that Nicki is “definitely” joining AI as a judge. As I understand it, the Nicki deal is complicated because she is a spokesperson for Pepsi Cola and Idol is sponsored by Coca Cola. The folks at Pepsi aren’t too keen on their spokesperson appearing on TV weekly with a big red Coke glass sitting in front of them. If this report is true and Nicki does join Idol as a judge, it would seem that the Cola Wars matter has been settled. Read on for all the known deets about this American Idol casting rumor.
Nicki Minaj — and her multiple personas — will be joining Mariah Carey at the judges’ table on American Idol, two sources confirm to Us Weekly exclusively. “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one insider reveals. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” A second source says the “Super Bass” rapper, 29, is “100% confirmed to judge American Idol.” Reps for FOX and Minaj had no comment when contacted by Us.
Whether or not Nicki signs on as judge, there are still other seats to fill. I understand altho Randy Jackson will stay on Idol next season, he will become a mentor to the contestants … not a judge. That means there are 2 more seats to fill IF Nicki joins Mariah Carey (who officially signed on to AI last month) as a new judge. Apparently, producers are hoping to add a latin artist (Enrique Iglesias?) and a country artist (Keith Urban?) and, don’t forget, Nick Jonas already spilled that Idol has reached out to him as well. I like the way this judging panel is shaping up if these casting rumors are true. Mariah, Nicki, Enrique and Keith OR Nick would make a great panel for American Idol. It would shake up the show a lot, I think, and that is a good thing. What do you think of all of this? Do these casting rumors make you feel better about the show? Do YOU think Nicki Minaj will make a good Idol judge if this casting rumor turns out to be true?