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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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166.

Cherice    

I don't mind a blackout. I mean I watch whiteouts all day on TMZ, E, Access Hollywood, etc etc. It might be time for a BLACKOUT! However, I think Diddy would make a better judge than Nicki. I mean, I get that it's all about ratings and Nicki is hot right now, but for the integrity of the show, I think a qualified person would make more sense.

740 days ago
167.

Alex D    

"...if the judges end up being Mariah, Nicki and Randy ... middle America might not welcome the blackout."
Grow a pair and write RACISTS AMERICANS instead of your wimpy, coward: "middle America"

740 days ago
168.

jen    

I truly didn't even think of the panel being all black until you mentioned it, as I'm sure most of modern day America did as well.

740 days ago
169.

Jericho    

"middle America might not welcome the blackout." America would likely respond to a blackout just fine. However, imagine the backlash if there were NO black judges on the panel!

740 days ago
170.

SF    

Since when did American Idol become about the judges, anyway? Aren't the contestants supposed to be the focal point of the show?
Thinking back to Season 1, Paula was the best known name and her career was all but over. No one in the US knew of Simon, much less Randy.

Perhaps they should place more effort in finding contestants we can care about and root for and less in trying to land the 'it' judge of the moment.

740 days ago
171.

SpitBall    

Go with Nicki. Carey is a has been and has been a has been for a very long time.

740 days ago
172.

Glamyor    

Nicki Minaj shouln't be on the judge table Mariah Carey is so damn right about that and personally i think Adam Lambert is the one who's willing for it and deserve it and he's the one who should take this sit on the judge table.. the man was a contest on the show he probebly know what is all about and know what he do, he's succesful and a great singer, in only 3 years he did things that others did in long years !! @Adamlambert is the one you're all searching for :)

740 days ago
173.

Mimi    

Really TMZ? The Blackout. I know you push the boundries with your way of delivering entertainment new however, the last sentence in this article is completely inapropriate and disgusting. Shame on you.

740 days ago
174.

Jennifer    

Come on! Easy! Mariah Carey is a real singer with real talent, well Nikki M has no talent what so ever!

740 days ago
175.

Jericho    

Nicki is definitely more qualified. Her songs are so much deeper on an intellectual level. For example, "tell him who the eff I is".

740 days ago
176.

Bitch Pudding    

Nicki Minaj is disgusting and doesn't have any talent. Why in the world would they want that nasty ass loudmouth ho on AI? Gross.

740 days ago
177.

LiLa    

America would welcome some decent judges over all else -- color is not an issue. How in the world can a rap "artist" effectively judge a singing competion, especially one in which auto-tune is not in use?

740 days ago
178.

Detective. LaToya    

The blackout? That's what you are calling it TMZ? REALLY? Are we back in the 60's?

740 days ago
179.

David     

I wish this AI show would just implode already. Those they are choosing to be judges will only further wreck the show. I do not know who the hell is Niki Minah. She looks dysfunctional. As for Mariah, she's a has been and all about her. Bring Enrique Iglesias who can not sing, will put the icing on the cake for the show to implode.

740 days ago
180.

LC    

Maria Carey, really hanging up the phone come on now!!! she has THE voice, but she don't have any class!! Nicki Minaj also have no class and neither a Voice, you girls need to play nice!!!..Ok.

740 days ago
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