REPORT Nicki Minaj lands gig as American Idol judge

Nicki Minaj and Ryan Seacrest on 'American Idol

Nicki Minaj is the latest celebrity to reportedly be joining the judges panel on the upcoming 12th season of American Idol after both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they’d be leaving the show following last season. A couple of sources have confirmed the news, and while it may come as a surprise to most, she’d been eyeing the job for months!

“I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one insider reveals to Us Weekly. “A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” A second source claims Nicki is “100% confirmed to judge American Idol.”

Nicki Minaj performs on 'American Idol'

When Nicki arrives for her judge’s spot it won’t be her first appearance on A.I. — the 29-year-0ld rapper previously performed on the show and expressed her interest in judging at that point. In fact, she even asked, “J-Lo, can you scoot over a little bit?” At the time, J-Lo wasn’t amused. “I don’t know if there’s enough room for both of us,” she replied. (Although that could have been a reference to their famously generous backsides.)

Now that she’s reportedly nabbed the spot, Nicki’s going to be under FOX’s microscope and, unfortunately, she’s already been causing controversy with some not-so-Idol behavior. “I was in jeopardy of losing my voice entirely and needing surgery on my vocal chord,” she tweeted on Monday, explaining why she was canceling one of her appearances overseas.

When some followers were less than understanding, she snapped, “If u can’t understand that, your mother’s a WH*RE!!!!” and she didn’t stop there! Nicki continued on writing, “If u have anything negative to say to me, please #EatSh*tAndDie – I am human.”

Nicki Minaj performs onstage at FOX's "American Idol"

Randy Jackson will be returning (although some reports indicate he will be taking on more of a mentoring role) and Mariah Carey has been confirmed to be joining him. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, it’s going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol,” she said in a statement. “I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”

Nick Jonas and Pharrell Williams are also in talks to join the show.

Reps for both FOX and Nicki Minaj had no comment when contacted by Us Weekly.

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  • BBT

    Because this woman has any right to be judging others on their musical talent…

    • uh

      uh, she does! she’s a musician, so she has the right to judge others on their talent. just because you personally don’t like her doesn’t mean she’s not talented!

      • BBT

        Yeah… anybody with a webcam mic and garage band can be a ‘musician’. She’s a very mediocre singer and her entire image is based around looking ridiculous. Looking ridiculous and abusing autotune is not ‘talent’.

        • uh

          once again, just because you personally don’t find her talented, doesn’t mean that she isn’t! obviously american idol disagrees with you anyway so that’s all that really matters 😉

          • BBT

            Lmfao you are delusional. AI is going so downhill in ratings that they are grabbing any celebrity that might pull in views just because they’re ‘famous’ right now. It has NOTHING to do with how talented she is or isn’t, it’s because she’s famous and they need famous faces to slow the horrific nosedive in ratings they see season after season.

            Star power is the only reason AI is still on the air. The celebrities are the draw now, not the people singing. It’s been on for TEN YEARS now, it’s getting rather old, especially with a hundred more shows like it on TV.

            • uh

              i don’t even watch AI, never have, never will. i’m just saying that talent is subjective. just because you don’t like nicki, doesn’t mean that others don’t find her talented.
              YOU are delusional. tell me more about your experience as a talented musician!
              i do agree that they’re trying to do anything to keep this old show on the air, when really they should have moved on a long, long time ago.

  • archkelly

    What? Is her career over already?

  • Nivea

    She looks like a broke down drag queen. She got the Michael Jackson special on her nose and her butt makes me want to vomit. I was excited that Mariah is going to be a judge but I won’t watch if Nicki is on.

  • tab

    what could she possibly offer?? she has zero talent and she’s such trash. this is so embarrassing for AI.

  • Frank

    Well she can give advice on getting plastic surgery and who to perform fellacio on to advance a career. Seems helpful to me…

  • OhMyGeez

    Now a days, being a musician doesn’t necessarily mean talent. And this is probably the final nail in AI’s coffin.

    • Nivea

      Yeah it was definitely a stretch with J-Lo. She can “sing” as in the words come out of her mouth forming a song. Her voice doesn’t make the song it’s the beat or tune whatever. But Nicki Minaj is nothing more than a side-show looking freak. No talent. She is interesting in certain ways though. She plays to the typical stereotype of what “black men want” by having her butt inflated to look like that of a 400 lbs obese woman. On the other hand she carved away her nose, lightened her skin, wears blonde wigs and tries to make herself “look more white”. In the process she just looks like a desperate freak that will do anything for attention. Yuck.

  • Tanya

    I agree with BBT 1,000%. Nicki is NOT talent! Talent is being able to get up and sing without any auto-tuning, etc. She only has “fans” b/c she’s the black Lady Gaga….they dress to get attention. They were sorely overlooked by their parents/peers while growing up, so now they have to dress so freakin’ weird and out there just to get attention. They suck as singers! If you had her sing acapella in “normal” attire, I bet she’d have ZERO fans! Personally, I find her voice very annoying! She is a side show freak like someone else stated. And what’s with all the judges being black? I bet there’d be a huge uproar if all the judges were white. haha