There has been quite the change up over at American Idol, but Fox has finally named its new judges. Here's hoping that a fresh new batch of superstars can breathe some life back into this talent competition. For the past few seasons, the show has been a revolving door of judges, with only host Ryan Seacrest and voice of reason Randy Jackson remaining constant.
Earlier this year, the show bid farewell to former judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, while Mariah Carey secured the first spot at the new judges' table. Since then, there has been so much speculation as to who would join her in finding new singing talent. There have been multiple musicians thrown in the hat, from Nick Jonas to P. Diddy, but now Mariah's counterparts have been chosen. I wonder what she thinks of them though…
American Idol is dead set on four judges for the upcoming season because it worked so well the last time, presumably to compete with newer and hipper singing competitions like The Voice and The X Factor, so there is still one vacant spot.
Still, the end might be near, because Enrique Iglesias is currently sitting on an offer from American Idol for about $4 million. Coincidentally, Enrique just wrapped up a tour with former Idol judge Jennifer Lopez.
This American Idol drama will never end, it seems! Randy Jackson will reportedly not be returning to the show this season – at least not as a judge.
Randy is out, but there's a 99% chance he'll be returning as a mentor during the season.
Another bit of news is that they are definitely adding a fourth judge to the table. Now that leaves three open spots, with Mariah Carey being the only new judge to have signed on the dotted line so far.
It seems like every singer under the sun’s name has been mentioned as a potential American Idol judge. From Nick Jonas to Diddy, everyone is “in talks” to fill that third seat. However, some of artists who have been approached to critique young hopefuls have turned down the gig.
Case in point? The punkish pop star Pink does NOT want to be giving advice to unknown singers trying to make it big. In fact, she’s turned down the opportunity to judge on both AI and X Factor because she thinks there are too many of these reality television talent shows on the air. She doesn’t want any part of it!
Another day brings another American Idol judge casting rumor. This time, we have none other than Kanye West in the running for one of the empty seats at the table.
Reportedly the big wigs contacted Kanye to see if they stood any chance of landing him, and according to TMZ, he’s intrigued. He’s not 100% sure if it’s his thing and then there’s the little issue of money. Kanye wants to be paid the same amount as Mariah Carey ($18 million for those of you who forgot that staggering figure already), if not more!
Mariah is stamping her feet and throwing a divatantrum over news reports yesterday all but confirming that Nicki Minaj is ready to sign on with the show. According to TMZ, Mariah was promised she’d be the only female judge and she’s now livid at the thought of Nicki joining her.
There are still a lot of unknowns about the upcoming season of AI. The show runners still don’t know if Randy Jackson is returning, who is filling the vacant seat(s) and they’re still tossing around the possibility of adding a fourth judge.
Hold tight, Mariah! Don’t huff off to your dressing room and pack up your Hello Kitty collection just yet! Things could change twelve more times this week!
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The former ‘American Idol’ judge (I still can’t believe she blew off that huge paycheck) was spotted out partying this weekend at Wet Republic and Pure nightclub with her pals.
Jennifer celebrated her world tour with a special appearance at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand in Vegas, accompanied by Casper Smart. Later that night she headed over to Pure nightclub inside Caesars Palace, joined by former DWTS contestant and Extra hostess,Maria Menounos.
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