‘American Idol’ Offers Judging Spot to Enrique Iglesias (REPORT)

Jethro Nededog | September 7, 2012 - 1:42 am

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All signs point to a four-person judging panel on the upcoming twelfth season of FOX’s American Idol with sources saying that Latin crossover singer Enrique Iglesias has moved on from being in talks and has been given a firm offer to join the singing competition.

With Mariah Carey already onboard, veteran judge Randy Jackson moving to a mentoring position and offers reportedly out to rapper Nicki Minaj and country singer Keith Urban, Iglesias would round out the next season’s more pan-musical genre judging panel.

What’s at stake for Iglesias?

According to EW, which first reported the story, producers have offered the Latin pop star $4 million to join the series. That would be on par with Urban’s offer but half of Minaj’s $8 million and a far cry from Carey’s $18 million haul.

Iglesias has been in this position before, having reportedly been offered spots on The X Factor and The Voice previously. Arguably, he may not need to do the show right now either. He just returned from touring with former Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and recently released a new single.

The 37-year-old son to Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias has sold more than 55 million albums worldwide since starting his career in the 1990s. In total, he has had 68 No. 1 songs on the Billboard charts.

For Idol, this would be its first four-person judging panel since Ellen DeGeneres’ one-season stint in 2010. And although that didn’t work for the show before, both The X Factor and NBC’s The Voice currently have four judges each.

The very popular singing competition took a hit last season when it scored its lowest finale episode ever in May — 30 percent lower than the previous season’s finale. Though its 20 million or so regular viewers still make it the most-watched talent competition on TV, FOX can’t afford for the series’ viewership to continue its slide.

FOX reps didn’t immediately respond to Celebuzz’s request for comment.

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