News is aflutter that “Starships” singer Nicki Minaj is close to closing a deal to take the American Idol judging seat. A source close to Minaj said the rapper has been in negotiations with the FOX network.
Another source told Us Weekly that Minaj will get the job, 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 insider told the magazine that the rapper is “100 percent confirmed to judge ‘American Idol.'”
The Fox network declined to comment, but fans are sounding off to MTV with their opinions:
“Yes she should!!!! She is awesome!” said one fan. “Best female rapper! Bet she can beat you in a rapping contest!”
“You should never judge a book by its cover,” another poster posted. “We need inspiring people like her as help to inspire others to go for that extra mile and reach for their goal. Why not? She is great and different and I would love her opinions on others.”
“Like her music, but I don’t think she should be a judge,” another poster added.
If Minaj were to join, she would take the second available American Idol judging seat next to Mariah Carey after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler said they wouldn’t be returning for the show’s 12th season.