By Kadia Blagrove , FashionnStyle Reporter | Aug 20, 2012 03:59 PM EDT
Next Season's "American Idol" may be the highest rated in the show's history. Not only has "Idol" casted legendary singer Mariah Carey as a judge, reports are now saying that top-selling female emcee Nicki Minaj is on board as well.
The colorful rapper is set to join the panel of judges according to a source. "I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it," the source told Us Weekly. "A few more things to sign off on but it is happening."
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Another source told the magazine that Minaj is "100% confirmed to judge 'American Idol.'" For now, Minaj and the Fox network are keeping mum about the rumor.
Carey was once rumored and has denied reports of her joining the show, but she confirmed her new role as a judge in July. "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with American Idol," the singer said in a statement. "I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."
Other names rumored to sit at the judges' table are Pharell Williams, Nick Jonas, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Adam Lambert, Pink, and even Miley Cyrus. "What you've got to realize is you've got to create a panel that gels," "American Idol"producer Nigel Lythgoe told E! News. "A panel that makes sense together. It's not just about three individuals."
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their departure in June. Randy Jackson stands as the only remaining original "Idol" judge. In the upcoming season, Jackson will take on a mentoring role for the contestants.
Minaj , 29, is currently readying her world tour beginning October 21 in Nottingham, England. Her latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuted at No. 1 in April 2012 and produced two Top 10 singles, "Starships" and "Pound the Alarm."
Out of Minaj's 105 different personalities, who do you think would be a better judge? Martha? Roman?
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