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'American Idol'

Judges Not a Done Deal

And Mariah is PISSED

8/21/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0820_nicki_minaj_mariah_carey_american_idol_articleNicki Minaj may well become a judge on "American Idol," but it will be at the expense of Mariah Carey, who we're told hung up the phone when she was told Nicki was the top candidate.

Sources connected with "Idol" tell TMZ ... Mariah was led to believe she would be the only woman on the judge's panel. Choosing Nicki would not only crush that expectation, it would add insult to injury because Nicki (29) is a lot younger than Mariah (42).

As for the composition of the judge's panel, we're told by no means is it a done deal. There are 2 scenarios being played out. First, it's unclear if Randy Jackson will come back as a judge or a mentor. If he leaves the judge's panel, there will be another spot to fill.

The second scenario ... we're told some of the honchos believe it's a mistake to have 2 women and a man on the panel, and a 4th male judge would be necessary.

As for who's still in the running, we're told Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are leading the pack.

And there's one other thing ... Sources connected with the show say they're worried ... if the judges end up being Mariah, Nicki and Randy ... middle America might not welcome the blackout.

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Mihalick    

Wow. I don't think "Middle America" will care if all of the judges are black. This isn't 1973. They will not welcome it because Randy Jackson is annoying and like a three year old starving for attention, Nicki Minaj is garbage, and Mariah Carey is no longer relevant in the music world.

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Flaming0    

Idol is "jumping the shark" if they pick Minaj as a judge.

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king Leonidas    

Randy, Mariah, and get Snoop Lion!!! Done

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Flaming0    

Idol is "jumping the shark" if they pick up Minaj as a judge.

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king Leonidas    

Holographic 2pac, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. too soon? its 2012 lets get this future thing crackin'

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EMP BITE ME    

This show has out stayed its welcome,and its a circus full of clowns now.

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Really People?    

Why would they pick Minaj she is annoying, she emulates Lady Gaga

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Lawrence FishBurne    

Nikki wants to be white so bad

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For Sooth?    

I haven't watched the show in a year and a half because it exploits those kids like no other, and once Paula and Simon were gone, why bother, but if it riles up Mariah then that is Such a stellar move. I would love to see Mariah kicked to the curb.

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RomneyIsACurse    

I'm by no means a fan of american idol but nicky minaj? Has she done a song without the auto tuner?

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LDB    

That's like choosing Rihanna over Beyonce

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Googie    

American Idol what were you thinking. Sounds like they're desperate. Bad decision to bring in Nicki after signing Mariah. If you want Nicki, bring her in after this season or later, but too much for one season.


American Idol is toast.

605 days ago
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Blacknwild    

NIKKI MINJA IS A RAPPER,HOW ON GOD EARTH IS SHE GOING TO JUDGE SINGERS WHEN SHE IS A HORRIBLE ONE HER DAMN SELF?She is an embarrassement to the black community. WE HATE THIS B*TCH. Her only fans are stupid ghetto nappy head 15 year olds and white people. Her fake blonde wigs,her fake english accent,and her Gaga wannabe costumes proves this nappy head greasebag wishes she was caucasian. If i was Mariah i wouldve hung up on they ass 2. How you gonna put this dam grease bag nappy head over a REAL singer like Mariah. If anyone should judge singer it should be Mariah

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Reg    

The only ones that would like to see this is those two
little Brit kids that Ellen keeps pimping on her show.

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Jeff    

Middle America? Where is Middle America exactly? It comes off sounding like everywhere except the East and West coast, where I guess there's no race tension. This show's going down the tubes and the "sources connected to the show" and the producers are covering their behinds and blaming anything but themselves. Everyone knows it should be Mariah, Randy and Dana Carvey.

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