Kanye West in Talks to Join American Idol?

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Just when you thought American Idol had narrowed down its selections for the Season 12 judging table to a few names...

According to TMZ, producers have reached out to Kanye West about sitting alongside Mariah Carey on the Fox juggernaut - and the rapper has expressed interest in the gig.

Kanye West with Kim Kardashian

West, of course, would bring major legitimacy and name recognition to the show. Although he's really only been in the news these days because he's dating Kim Kardashian for some reason.

Insiders say Kanye is "on the fence" because he isn't sure if Idol would be a solid fit for his brand, while those behind the program would need to consider writing another huge paycheck. West would not take a penny less than Carey's $17 million/year, sources say.

Nicki Minaj, meanwhile, is considered a near lock for one of the judging positions, much to the chagrin of Mariah.

Would you want to see Kanye join them?

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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]