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Kanye West

In 'Idol' Talks

8/21/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West
is negotiating with producers to become an "American Idol" judge ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ, "Idol" honchos reached out to Kanye recently about filling one of the open judging spots ... and Kanye expressed interest.

But that doesn't mean he's on board -- we're told Yeezy is still unsure about accepting the gig.  The way it was put to us ... "He's on the fence," because he's not sure if "A.I." is in his wheelhouse.

And there's another big hang up -- cash.  Informed sources tell TMZ ... "Idol" would "at least match Mariah's salary" -- a cool $18 mil a year.

It looks like Nicki Minaj is either close to signing a deal or has signed one to become a judge, but we're told producers may well add a 4th judge.  As we reported, the frontrunners are Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Enrique Iglesias, but Kanye would clearly trump them all.

Calls to Kanye's camp were not returned.


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Wow Really - Wouldnt you have to had been an American Idol to Judge Idol - both Nicki and Kayne Holy End of Days are NEAR!!!!!!!

729 days ago


Well then I won't tune in at all. That is the kiss of death considering how much he disrespects other artists.

729 days ago


Just what we need, more of Kim Kraptashian because you know, if he makes being a judge she'll be sitting in the audience screaming her head off just like she did for her brother on Dancing. Then it truly will NOT be about the contestants anymore, it'll become a prop for Kim's attention whoring.

729 days ago


Can you say , scraping the bottom of the barrel . Looks like I won't be watching.

729 days ago


Another ghetto person on this family show? Anyway, I havent watched AI in about 5 years.

729 days ago


I was gonna give watching Mariah a try, but once I heard the names Nikki and Kanye..I AM SOOOO DONE WITH THIS JOKE OF A SHOW !!!!!!....I guess after they do that we won't have to worry about it being on next year !!! yay !!!!! need real singing talent to judge a singing talent doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure that out...

729 days ago

Don Martin    

My Gawd! Say it isn't so. This s*** sucking whack job on American Idol? AI must be scraping the bottom of the barrel to get anyone to sit in the judges chair. If this asshat knew anything about talent he wouldn't be doing Kim baby!

729 days ago


I only ever watch the auditions and the final 10.. If Kanye gets drafted, I won't be watching.. Period.

729 days ago

Vernon P. Alarcon    

dis foo have sum big teefs, dats why he can't keep his mouf shut

729 days ago



He is an epic pig......

729 days ago


AI is a piece of **** and so are all the overpriced judges.Let em eat cake for there supper.

729 days ago

really! really?    

It really doesn't matter if Kanye is signed for AI. They lost me at Minaj/ Mariah. A little too ghetto for my taste. Kanye without the two diva hags might be ok.

729 days ago


I personally wouldn't have a problem with Kanye being a judge (with me being a fan of Kanye lol). He's talented, he may not be able to sing well lol, but i'm sure he's got a ear for talent.

729 days ago

S D M F    

talk about coming across as desperate!!!
American Idol is a non player any more!

729 days ago


Kanye need to go back to his hip hop world and stay out of mainstream entertainment. He's laughable at best. He may be good at producing music but that's it. I don't watch American Idol but if I did I definitely wouldn't watch if he was a judge.

729 days ago
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