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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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136.

Mic    

Nicki Manaj is a horrible choice for a judge. No way will I watch with her on it. She doesn't have the talent or experience.

791 days ago
137.

whitney    

Picking Nicki Minaj is like Simon Cowell picking Demi Lovato

791 days ago
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Sarah    

Mariah is way too big of a star to be on a reality show anyway what was she thinking? I understand that her music career is not as successful as the 90's and early 2000s but she too good to be on this show. As for this Nikki chick what does she know about singing talent? Has anyone heard her sing live? Sounds really bad. She is not a real hip-hop artist her music is pure pop with the fake hip-pop and that is why she has been more successful then other real hip-hop stars because its pop music and that's what everyone buys and listens to nowadays.

791 days ago
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www.facebook.com/Maliekify    

it seems everyone's having a go at this nowadays

791 days ago
140.

clucka    

Bring Nick Jonas

791 days ago
141.

Sapphiegirl    

OH PLUUUUHEEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE IS AWFULLY FULL OF HERSELF!

791 days ago
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Mikki    

If Nicki Milanj joins the AI judge panel, I have watched my last American Idol. I thought this show is all about the vocals. Not auto tuner and lip syncingi while grabbing your hoochie during a lip syncing spectacle of goofy hair styles and hoochie "look at me" clothes. I suppose I am out of the demographic seeked by AI, but I have a feeling if AI goes this direction AI will find they have alienated their loyal, core audience. Seems they have went for the side show and forgotten about the show.

791 days ago
143.

KenzieQ    

Uhhhh and what about the problem of Nicki still under a Pepsi contract? Don't think Coca-Cola will be too thrilled with that. :p

791 days ago
144.

Ashlyn    

American Idol needs to end already. Can't stand Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey is no better. Ugh.

791 days ago
145.

Ashlyn    

We might not accept the "blackout?" What the f*ck is that supposed to mean? TMZ is sounding pretty racist right about now....

791 days ago
146.

Lynn    

AI has become one big joke... and not a good one. It has jumped the shark; seriously its even too late quit while on top of the ratings.

791 days ago
147.

berna    

Is it me or does this picture of Mariah look like Kathy Lee Gifford?

791 days ago
148.

DaveT    

Mariah doesn't get pissed off, she doesn't have a temper, she's a calm collected personality, serene and peaceful, easy to get along with, humble, and fun, she likes to play cards and board games and do family stuff.
Diva rumors from other celebrities are just jealousy, Mariah's always been a sweetheart...That's why Nick married her ;)

791 days ago
149.

Lynn Watters    

If Niki is a judge, I'LL NEVER WATCH...she is a useless waist, and a poor example for kids...and kids are the biggest viewers of Idol

791 days ago
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nikki6    

I have been a loyal AI fan, but if they bring in that garbage Nicki Minaj I am jumping ship. And it's stupid to have two women judges anyway. Plus Nicki Minaj is NOT a singer, this is a disgrace.

791 days ago
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