Following a story in The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that Nicki Minaj was a strong candidate to join Mariah Carey behind the judges’ table on “American Idol,” Us Weekly reported that it’s a done deal.
Two sources told Us Weekly that Minaj will get the job, with an insider telling the magazine, “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.” Another source told the magazine that the rapper is “100 percent confirmed to judge ‘American Idol.’”
So far, Fox has yet to comment on the report.
The Hollywood Reporter initially said Minaj might have a problem landing the “American Idol” job because she has an endorsement deal with Pepsi, and “Idol” is sponsored by Coke.
Other names circulating in the “American Idol” rumor mill include Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias, Pharrell Williams and Nick Jonas.