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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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196.

Seldombinlaid    

Loose Mariah. Get some people in there with personalities. Don't even think about Kayne West. That happens, only the Kardashians will be watching the show. And no one cares about them. It's almost to the point were you need to take a shovel to the showw. Stick a fork in it, it's done.

Next thing you know they'll be talking to Chipmink Brown.

709 days ago
197.

Dizkaer9    

They should have skipped Mariah. She is a nightmare to work with and it's not like she needs the money. I would've really appreciated Aretha Franklin on the show instead

709 days ago
198.

tired of hearing about them    

Who cares... I quit watching the show. It used to be about the up and coming talent ... seems to be more about the judges now.

709 days ago
199.

jake    

Mariah worked with Nicki when she was only starting out, now she's just clearly envious Nicki is relevant and she's not.

709 days ago
200.

Wtfsmh    

Yes mostly black judges would not work lets be real, and I mean Nikki minaj really!??? A fake butt and everything else with noooo talent and no hits c'mon idol----I hate that women!,,,,, and Mariah needs to realize she is not a goddess she is a snob who can't handle competition. And randy Jackson is a boring shiny greased up ****. All that money they waste on already rich azzholez. Why not put real people to judge I hate that show,,,

709 days ago
201.

mozilla    

Niki Minaj is a HORRIFIC idea! I'd leave too if I was Mariah! Will not watch Idol if she is judge...PERIOD!

709 days ago
202.

Wtfsmh    

They should let America choose the judges!!!! Not clowns we hate

709 days ago
203.

ldylkng    

because she dresses weird,she has talent? and can judge young adults that really do? COME ON NOW !!!!!

708 days ago
204.

Chad    

Get rid of Randy and get Brad and Enrique, then you got white, mulatto, and Hispanic, that's nice diversity and no one obnoxious, Be smart Idol producers

708 days ago
205.

DJ LEWINSKI    

OMG wats with so much hate for nicki she is hella talented.... even simon loves her and thinks so... shes doesnt copy gaga nicki dont wear oblects (meat, CDS, Bubbles..) just cuz she wears high fashion shes tryin to be gaga??? and mariah and j-lo use autotune as well... but at least nicki sings live and never lip synces her music... she actually trys and sounds better then other chicks like brittney and madona...

708 days ago
206.

deb    

I would love to see Keith Urban on AI. He would be an awesome judge, and people would love him.
he is so down to earth and knows his music.
Love Keith all the way.

708 days ago
207.

Max    

Enough that M.Carey is there. If there's another stupid girl like that I will definitely not watch.

708 days ago
208.

ChasCherí    

"... The blackout."? You have literally got to be kidding me. That shouldnt even be in the forefront of anyone's minds in this day in age! If it were a panel of all white judges, would they be just as concerned with middle America's 'comfort levels'? No. So why would that be an issue if they were minorities? I say they do one better and get a black WOMAN to replace Randy, and really get America riled up. Three women? They're black?! Whoa. What a concept. Too bad no one would be in an uproar... We don't live in 1960... anymore, TMZ. Geez.

708 days ago
209.

Mila    

Wow TMZ and Harvey Levin! I can't believe you allowed the term "blackout" to be used on your website. Just shameful.

708 days ago
210.

John Joseph    

Does Mariah Carey not know who she is???? Her incredible resume speaks for itself!...Even with Nicki Minaj on the panel, MC is a WAY bigger Star/Legend than NM, no offense...That's what's up!

708 days ago
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