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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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Mandy    

Nicki would be a great choice for idol! They screwed up when they signed Mariah.

704 days ago
32.

nate    

Couldn't care less if the judges are all black, but you know your in trouble when you are scraping the bottom of the barrel for Minaj in the first place. American Idol needs to take a dirt nap and quick.

704 days ago
33.

devilgirl    

What kind of tards work at TMZ to write something so ignorant as "Middle America might not welcome the blackout". Are you dolts f*cking kidding me? That would be like assuming everyone at tmz is intelligent!

704 days ago
34.

silversiren    

This shows how out of touch networks are. Who cares about a black out? No one! We already have it in sports and other television shows. Of course this is a one way street. We don't care about black out, but blacks care about a white out.

704 days ago
35.

michelle    

Well I rather see Mariah then Nicki I mean you got one that been in the business for years and Nicki kinda still new in the business. You have one that is level headed and you have one who claims a little boy name roman lives inside her come on now you be the judge. Mariah hands down.

704 days ago
36.

janet    

This show is like beating a dead horse.

704 days ago
37.

michelle    

Well I think Mariah will be a great asset to the show. Mariah,been in the business for years and Nicki well she is still new to the business and besides Mariah, is leveled headed and who in the hell wants somebody who claims that there is a little boy name roman lives inside her hell we want know who is judging Nicki or Roman. Just keep that in mind. Level head Vs Crazy head.

704 days ago
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crazy christmas pie    

. . . . TMZ wrote middle America, but I read, racist America, i.e. white people. . . .which is ironic because many of those same white's want to deny that racism still exists, or that this country is based on a flawed theory of white supremacy, and unjustified white privilege . . . . to deny these fact is as bad a denying the Holocaust. . . . .

704 days ago
39.

Rey    

WHOA TMZ... now you are walking a thin line. I hope the writer is black or you are about to have to deal with a lot of backlash from your "blackout" statement. And who really looks at Mariah as black anyhow?

704 days ago
40.

Miki    

Just cancel the damn thing. I haven't watched in least 5 years.

704 days ago
41.

tucker    

The show jumped the shark once Paula and Simon left. Randy is a non-issue.

704 days ago
42.

HumanNature    

MICHAEL MCDONALD AND ROBIN THICKE WOULD MAKE "GREAT" JUDGES!!!

704 days ago
43.

tna    

OOOKKK, so can you guys sound anymore racist? Did American Idol say that? NO, so why would you assume.

704 days ago
44.

tna    

OOOKKK, so can you guys sound anymore racist? Did American Idol say that? NO, so why would you assume?

704 days ago
45.

Bug    

It appears Idol is shooting for the bottom of the barrel with Manaj. If that is the audience they seak, I'm out after all these years.

I THINK IDOL IS NOW ON IT'S WAY OUT TOO. NO CLASS

704 days ago
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