Remember when American Idol made stars? These days, it seems like the singing competition portion of the show is just reason to keep a judges’ table, stocked full with top shelf celebrities. Yesterday we reported that US Weekly‘s got good word from a source that Nicki Minaj has been tapped as a judge for the upcoming season of American Idol. Minaj allegedly turned down a similar gig already, but now with Mariah Carey on board, and with Britney Spears on The X Factor and Christina Aguilera on The Voice, who could blame her for wanting in on the fun?
Well, today TMZ reports that Carey is not down with the idea, and that she “hung up the phone when she was told Nicki was the candidate” because she was under the impression that she alone would fill the season’s diva quota. Meanwhile, TMZ is also reporting that Idol execs have reached out to yet another potential celeb-judge: Kanye West, who is apparently “on the fence” because “he’s not sure if Idol is in his wheelhouse.” Though he’s not a woman like Minaj, we can’t imagine Carey being much more receptive to that Kanye call. TMZ will probably keep us posted.
The American Idol (and The X Factor and The Voice, too) producers are wringing out their rolodexes and wallets alike to keep their shows front and center. And all of the pre-season drama has us wondering, what about the show’s contestants? Will we still be talking judges’ panel drama once the competitions begin? Or will the celebrities keep out of it so that a new star might shine?