Rapper Nicki Minaj and country superstar Keith Urban may be nearing deals to take the vacant judges’ seats on “American Idol,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
THR also said that Minaj and Urban have been in talks with the show for weeks, but Minaj’s involvement was a sticking point, since she has a lucrative endorsement deal with Pepsi, and Coke is a sponsor of “American Idol.” But it appears those issues have been resolved, and that Minaj would earn $8 million for her participation on the show, in addition to an extra allowance for wardrobe, hair and makeup.
Urban, who’s married to Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, has reportedly agreed to become a judge for a salary of $3 to $4 million. Mariah Carey, the only officially-announced judge, is said to be getting in the neighborhood of $18 million.
It’s still unclear if original judge Randy Jackson will hang on or become a mentor. According to THR, if the show’s producers can find another judge for the right price, he might be moved off the panel. In a related story, E! News said Miley Cyrus is no longer in consideration for a spot on the show — reportedly, discussions with the star never got very far and she never seriously contemplated taking the job.