Buzz grew louder over the weekend concerning rumors that American Idol is closing in on an announcement that Nicki Minaj is coming on board as a judge.
US Weekly is reporting that the 29-year-old New Yorker, who came up through the rap ranks but is clearly trying to cross over as a singer, is all but confirmed as a new judge, though no announcement from Fox or the producers has yet come. According to one source, “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it … a few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” A second source confirmed that Minaj and Idol have tied the knot.
Minaj would be the youngest Idol judge ever by a wide margin, and the first with a hip-hop background. But in another way, she could be seen as a successor to Steven Tyler, a rock legend with a notorious sex-and-drug filled past who used the show to reinvent himself as a kooky grandpa type. Minaj has been involved in the usual number of rap feuds, and has penned her share of X-rated lyrics, but she’s shown a more recent interest in coming across as harmless and family-friendly (example: her public embrace of the little British girl who covered her not-entirely-clean hit “Super Bass”).
The other question is whether hiring Minaj would mean Idol is committing to going with a four-judge panel once again, given its apparent reluctance to have two women and one man at the helm. We’ll know soon enough; it doesn’t seem as if Fox can let things slide more than another few weeks.
Would Minaj make you more or less interested in the next season of Idol?