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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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226.

lynn    

I dont see my post! so I am posting it again...get USHER! He has been in the business since he was what...12? can sing, dance, write sings...I think he would be a great judge...I would watch it then!

676 days ago
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Shreve-Nastasi    

You got your racial breakdown ALL wrong! Maria's father is Alfred Roy, who was of African American and Afro-Venezuelan descent, while her mother, Patricia, is an Irish American. AFRO-VENEZUELANS are BLACKS born and/or that has descendants of Venezuela! Sooooo, her father had looked and was black! However, he wasn't born in Venezuela anyways, he only had black descendants from the damn country! You're ignorant!!! She looks the way that she does, because of her Irish mom!!! So, her ass is BLACK! As for Lenny Kravits...he's black too. However, he is half-black and half-Jewish. His mom was the late Roxie Rucker from The Jeffersons who played Helen Willis that was black. At any rate, why does it even matter what the racial background or dominance is for the Idol judges? That's the problem w/ this country today! I am multi-racial myself and I claim Black, because I look BLACK except with exotic features...and my kids are BLACK although their racial breakdown is West Indian, Afro-American, Cherokee Indian, Irish, and Sicilian. I raise to to love and embrace ALL races, but I also inform them that they must work twice as hard in America, because of the color of their beautiful bronze skin!

664 days ago
228.

Shreve-Nastasi    

You got your racial breakdown ALL wrong! Maria's father is Alfred Roy, who was of African American and Afro-Venezuelan descent, while her mother, Patricia, is an Irish American. AFRO-VENEZUELANS are BLACKS born and/or that has descendants of Venezuela! Sooooo, her father had looked and was black! However, he wasn't born in Venezuela anyways, he only had black descendants from the damn country! You're ignorant!!! She looks the way that she does, because of her Irish mom!!! So, her ass is BLACK! As for Lenny Kravits...he's black too. However, he is half-black and half-Jewish. His mom was the late Roxie Rucker from The Jeffersons who played Helen Willis that was black. At any rate, why does it even matter what the racial background or dominance is for the Idol judges? That's the problem w/ this country today! I am multi-racial myself and I claim Black, because I look BLACK except with exotic features...and my kids are BLACK although their racial breakdown is West Indian, Afro-American, Cherokee Indian, Irish, and Sicilian. I raise to to love and embrace ALL races, but I also inform them that they must work twice as hard in America, because of the color of their beautiful bronze skin!

664 days ago
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