It looks like this upcoming cycle of American Idol might be the craziest yet! No really, we mean literally insane. Not only did producers make calls to Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, but now it’s known that Kanye West is one of the many celebs in talks to judge the twelfth season. Considering the sheer volume of people in various stages of negotiation with Idol, including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Nick Jonas and Enrique Iglesias, we’re kind of thinking that the suits reached out to Kanye as a real Hail Mary play.
But amazingly/awesomely, sources close to the show tell TMZ that Yeezy showed interest in appearing on the program. Or at least he didn’t laugh so hard that Cristal came out his nose. “He’s on the fence,” the source says, but he’s considering the gig as long as producers “at least match Mariah’s salary.” That ain’t cheap at $18 million, but we have a funny feeling they’ll manage to pony up the cash for Kanye freakin’ West. Worst case they’ll take it out of Ryan Seacrest’s monster paycheck.There’s no official word from Kanye’s reps yet but we’ll keep you informed. For our money, Kanye West could totally be the greatest Idol judge OF ALL TIME.
‘Ye’s friend Nicki Minaj is reportedly very close to signing a similar judging deal, which is causing some serious drama with confirmed judge Mariah Carey. Apparently Mimi was so upset that she hung up on producers who called to tell her they were considering Nicki as a potential candidate! It seems that Mariah was told that she would be the only woman on the panel, and it isn’t helping that she’d have to share the stage with a woman 13-years younger.
With long-time judge Randy Jackson’s position in question, the whole panel set-up seems up in the air. If Jackson steps down, there’s a chance that Mariah, Nicki and Kanye may all get the gig! There’s also rumors that a fourth chair could be added to the mix. Whatever happens, it looks like there’s gonna be some pure concentrated crazy coming to Fox in January. Who would be your dream American Idol judge? Let us know in the poll below!
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