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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

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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If Idol wants another woman then get “Legend” singers
Diana Ross
Aretha Franklin
Gladys Knight
Chaka Khan
someone such as them these artists today’s rerecording their songs and/or using their beat they originated to put on their album.

These generations wonder why Whitney Houston kept saying Chaka Khan on “I’m Every Woman.” They need to do their music history research to Chaka Khan is I’m Every Woman.

One other to take it a step further American Idol should not forget about Legendary Recording Artists who also successful has success in songwriting.
Valerie Simpson is the other half to Ashford and Simpson she is the “ONE” who wrote Chaka Khan “I’m Every Woman.”
People do your research and American Idols get
Valerie Simpson who wrote many songs that many artists recorded her songs and still today rerecording songs or samples as they put it with what today’s artists are doing.

American Idols want a second woman. The obvious would be Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson reason from what I previous stated in the paragraph including this woman is well respected in the music industry, among her recording peers and today’s artists that brings many people are still listening to her songs even if the today’s artists is taking it to sample her beat / music.
If you all wonder, the answer is NO I do not know her or NEVER met this legendary.

Before anyone says, she is NOT do your research on this woman and you all would be surprise of the songs NOT only was recorded by husband (Ashford) and her (Simpson) but SUCCESSFUL songs that was written by them (Ashford & Simpson). Keep in mind if you think about it is Valerie Simpson written words that is “I’m Every Woman” her song was recorded by Chaka Khan and rerecorded by Whitney Houston.

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BLACKOUT! jesus, it took me a minute to even understand what was being said... SERIOUSLY, if we ever want to be a non racist world WHY KEEP THROWING IT OUT THERE??? come TMZ, Charles and his constant looks at Harvey, for even mentioning the color of a person while describing them, must influence the whole writing/ crew! get over it all ready!

762 days ago


Everything I've heard about Mariah makes her a horrible person! Plus isn't this tired show SUPPOSE to be about the contestants???? I can't imagine a worse place to work with all of the egos running around on that tired thing. If I see R seacrest on ONE more show I'm gonna spew! Hollywood is just gross

762 days ago


Nicki Minaj is not a singer Mariah Carey is old and fat and no longer relevent in the pop music culture Maybe it is time to take down the tent and send the clowns home

762 days ago

King of TMZ    

The only judge that can boost American Idol ratings is Cheryl Cole Get her and that would be triple revenge against Simon lol

762 days ago


Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa...Maria Carey is black?

762 days ago

all about the money    

AI should just be put down. Its time has come and gone. So many people have lost faith in the show because the voting system favors popularity over actual talent. When people can go online and use a piece of software to submit 10's of thousands of votes in a few minutes it pretty much destroys all legitimacy for the show. Have not watched in years and at this point regardless of who they try to bring in as judges will NEVER watch the show again.

762 days ago


how many times is nicki's age gonna trip backwards? last year she was 30, this year she's 29? lmfao

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Idol didn't see this coming with Mariah? It was noted here by TMZ that when she was a mentor on the show she was extremely difficult to work with.

762 days ago


i planned to watch because Mariah is being added and JHoe was been removed. If Nicki is added, I just do not know if I would take it that seriously. I suppose Mariah feels the same way... Nicki is not a serious artist. She does whatever her silly little fans like. She's all over the place like a lost idiot.

762 days ago


Nicky Minaj is a fame whore with them ridiculous cakes...
She not qualified to enter the competition, let alone being a judge.

762 days ago


People still watch this show? Ugh.

762 days ago


Wow TMZ! Blackout???? Really?

762 days ago

Malkam Dior    

I think people are too concerned about the Judges and not about the talent that they present to us....5-10-15-20 Million dollars for a Celebrity Judge is really too much....Perhaps presenting that kind of money to the winner of American Idol.

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