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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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STFUP    

That's it. Idol is officially dead. I refuse to watch anymore. In fact, I missed most of last season as well - but this is even worse.

737 days ago
47.

Northerner    

what the hell is up with these dumbass judges? i thought this show is supposed to be about the up and coming people trying to get discovered and its all about these divas all the time, im sick of it!

737 days ago
48.

Danielle    

'Blackout?" Even I am offended by that and I am white.

737 days ago
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sotiredofthis    

BRAD PAISLEY far and away would be the best choice - not only for the judging aspect, but for Idol to survive. Look at the winners and runners up over the years - most of the leanings are toward country rock. Now that Simon is gone (he hated the genre) play it to its full potential. Nicki Minaj? oy, vey - way too narrow a base. And Mariah over Nicki, there isn't a question - Mariah would bring the "let's see what she's going to do next" aspect. Face it, Idol is about ratings and TV as much, if not MORE THAN, the talent of the contestants.

737 days ago
50.

STFUP    

"middle America might not welcome the blackout."
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Yeah - y'know what? F**K 'middle America'.
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in any case, these are HORRIBLE choices for judges. Idol is finished. Next season will have the lowest ratings in the show's history. Mark my words.

737 days ago
51.

laffnbear    

Maybe AI is impressed because two preschool girls generated a lot of publicity by covering her "song."

737 days ago
52.

LCS27    

Is Minaj trying to look like a mix between Snooki and Xtina?

737 days ago
53.

oleman    

This show sucks, and so does Dancing with the stars.....both of them should be cancelled!

737 days ago
54.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

That show is so over they should just take it out back and shoot it.

737 days ago
55.

Nazchi    

Eeeeew. Why bring in nicki minaj?! She's not even a good singer. Wrong move American idol

737 days ago
56.

laffnbear    

My guess is they will take whomever the sponsors approve of over any possible viewer backlash.
After all it is sponsorship that will pay for their bloated salaries.

737 days ago
57.

alisia1277    

'BLACKOUT'?? come on TMZ... How racist is this??

737 days ago
58.

Fuck Celebrities    

Her hissy fit is proof she doesn't belong as a judge... anywhere.

737 days ago
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paul a.    

Dont believe this story. AI is losing ratings and they need to create as much buzz as they can to stay on top. Personally, I think its time to slay this dragon and call it a day. AI was a great show. Let's stick with the great memories.....

737 days ago
60.

Bu    

The minute that they got rid of Steven and J-Lo I knew American Idol was over! It was not the judges at that point it was the talent competition show that was just getting old. The producers just didn't get it. No matter who is a judge at this point, this show is done...and on it's way out.

737 days ago
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