Nicki Minaj Confirmed as American Idol Judge?

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American Idol Season 12 will officially feature some serious girl power.

Following weeks of rumors and speculation, multiple sources now confirm that Nicki Minaj is in as a new judge on the country's must-watched television show.

While Fox is yet to release a statement on the hiring, an insider tells Us Weekly that Minaj is 100% signed, while another says this hip hop star is "definitely doing it."

Nicki Minaj in Concert

Minaj joins Mariah Carey on the panel, with the status of Randy Jackson remaining up in the air.

According to a new report, the longtime judge will NOT be returning for Season 12, as Idol will go with a four-person table that also includes Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias.

Minaj, meanwhile, embarks on a world tour this October. Her latest album led to a pair of top 10 singles ("Starships" and "Pound the Alarm") and the artist is a supporter of free universal health care.

Are you excited for Nicki to join American Idol?

UPDATE: This is reportedly NOT a done deal, and Carey won't be very happy if it becomes one.


Put a fork in me, I'm done!!! This will be even worse that the two that just left. What a joke!


Nicki Minaj?? You've got to be kidding!!! She doesn't haven't the talent or the intelligence to be judging A.I. This show is on its last legs and I won't be watching it all!!


Wow! This show is getting more desperate by the day. I've watched the show from the beginning but really lost interest the past 2 seasons and definitely won't be watching this year. Really... Nicki Minaj? At least Mariah can sing but she might bring her diva attitude. This show hasn't been the same since Simon, Randy, and Paula. Time to quit!


Seriously. Can they not find a person with actual singing talent? Or at least someone whos been in the industry for longer than 2 years. Completly ridiculous and I will not watch anymore.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]