Are Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias One Step Closer to Becoming ‘American Idol’ Judges? (REPORT)
According to Us Weekly, two unnamed insiders close to the deal are confirming her addition to the judges’ table, where she’ll join newly anointed judge Mariah Carey and one or two other players to be named later.
The magazine’s source reportedly said Minaj is “100 percent confirmed to judge American Idol.” But so far, neither the Fox network nor Minaj has actually confirmed her hiring.
Who is — and isn’t — going to be a judge this season on “American Idol”?
Iglesias surfaced as a contender last week in a report by The Hollywood Reporter as Idol may be considering a four-judge panel that would consist of Carey, Minaj, a Latin star — possibly Iglesias — and a country star — possibly Keith Urban .
Asked by Celebuzz to confirm or deny the news of Minaj, Iglesias, or Urban joining Idol as judges, a Fox spokesperson declined to comment.
A rep for Iglesias, however, confirmed that the crooner is in talks for the job, telling Celebuzz, “Idol has expressed a lot of interest but no final word on either side yet.”
Sorry, Nick Jonas fans — your idol’s name does not appear to be on the Idol judge shortlist. The youngest Jonas brother claimed a few days ago that he was under consideration for a chair at the table.
However, as TV Line’s senior editor and Idol maven Michael Slezak told Celebuzz last week, Jonas’ loud advertisement for himself probably meant that he wasn’t a serious candidate, since Fox and Idol producers 19 Entertainment would surely not have allowed him to upstage their own carefully timed publicity efforts.
What about Randy Jackson? Despite being the only original Idol judge still associated with the show, he is likely to be eased off the judging panel and into a mentor role, a la Jimmy Iovine, The Hollywood Reporter has suggested.
However, Minaj’s recent deal to serve as the face of Pepsi may be a stumbling block in her taking a job at Idol, which has a longstanding sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola.
Minaj herself hasn’t yet said anything about her possible hiring, though she did tweet Monday, cryptically hinting that she had some unexpected good news in store.
Ok barbz, getting another x-ray. When I get back, I’ll have a surprise for u. *kisses u, hugs u*
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) August 20, 2012