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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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Bridget    

Middle America might not welcome the blackout?? WTF??? Are your sources under the impression that someone needs to live by an ocean to not be a bigot? If Nicki, Mariah and Randy were the judges and the ratings went down, it would have nothing to do with their race. It would have to do with the judges consisting of the most boring and annoying judge on Idol since its premire and two obnoxious divas.

606 days ago
17.

Yup    

Why are they considering absolute no-talent poser nicki minaj? She's a pathetic example of attention whoring beating out actual talent; except, this is a talent driven show, something minaj knows nothing about. They should just drop their pants completely & hire a whoretrashian; she'd know more about music than pukey minaj...

606 days ago
18.

Toya    

Was the term blackout really necessary to refer to a group of blacks, TMZ? Ignorant ****s.

606 days ago
19.

forreal    

"...middle America might not welcome the blackout"... Are you f-ing KIDDING me, TMZ? Really?! The only time Mariah Carey even claims to be partially Black is when she wants to sell albums to the Black community. And for those who criticize Nicki Minaj, she has just as much talent as lip-synching, auto-tuned, overrated Britney Spears. And where was all this criticism when Charlie Sheen was being mentioned as a potential judge? He's not even in the music industry let alone sober and barely coherent most of the time. Puh-leeze!!

606 days ago
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Lily Daisy    

Having two high powered women on the judges panel sich as Mariah and Nicki would make for a disaster. It should showcase one powerful woman, I. E. JLo. I like the possible pics for men, though and would like to see the combo of Nicki, Keith and Randy together.

606 days ago
21.

niles    

Next season is shaping up to be a major trainwreck with Mariah at the helm.

606 days ago
22.

edubya420    

So Middle America wont like the blackout?? How funny, considering they all act like they want to be white. Get some real black folks on there before you accuse us of being racist.

606 days ago
23.

Brooke    

I really hate bitches like mariah Carey. Shes such a bitchy spoiler brat. Not to mention a freakin DIVA! HEY MARIAH! ITS CALLED SHARING THE SPOT LIGHT. GET USE TO IT BITCH YOUR OLD!

606 days ago
24.

nicole    

I vote NO to Nicki !

606 days ago
25.

Truth    

IDOL JUMPED THE F*CKING SHARK AFTER CARRIE UNDERWOOD WON. WHAT'S THAT 8 FREAKIN YRS AGO??? #TRUTH!!

606 days ago
26.

Truth    

FATRIAH IS MARRIED TO THAT GHETTO JACK-ASS MR NICK CAREY, ER... CANNON. SO HIRING FAT-RIAH CAREY WOULD REP THAT PART OF THE AMERICAN URBAN GHETTO SECT ALSO. #TRUTH!!

606 days ago
27.

BigmoneyBleezy    

i thought Mariah Carey was a great pick, the rest seem horrible. I will not watch, if these are the new judges.

606 days ago
28.

HumanNature    

HELL NO TO NICKI MINAJ!!!!!

606 days ago
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JMP    

Nicki Minaj??? Really??? shouldn't you have TALENT in order to judge talent?? I do not watch these silly shows, cos REAL musicians never get the chance to make it big, thats all just BS there. But that story is ridiculous.

606 days ago
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the will    

Someone need a Snickers!!! LMAO

606 days ago
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