Mariah Carey is pissed Nicki Minaj will judge ‘Idol,’ list of judges not set?

Mariah Carey

Here we go with the drama, people. Just this morning, we reported that the ever-crazily-dressed Nicki Minaj was a confirmed choice to judge the upcoming season for “American Idol” and that she would be joining Mariah Carey, who has secured a $12 million salary just to say semi-cruel things and break into spontaneous song at the judges’ table. Well, the producers are certainly getting their advance money’s worth from Mariah, who is throwing a publicity-laden diva fit over the selection of Minaj. Of course, the wording is ambiguous here, so we don’t know how Mariah feels about Nicki (but let’s get real — Mariah probably dislikes her with the fury of a thousand diamond-encrusted suns). Instead, the whole issue seems to be that Mariah says she was promised that she’d be the only female judge on the panel. Uh-oh:

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj may well become a judge on “American Idol,” but it will be at the expense of Mariah Carey, who we’re told hung up the phone when she was told Nicki was the top candidate.

Sources connected with “Idol” tell TMZ … Mariah was led to believe she would be the only woman on the judge’s panel. Choosing Nicki would not only crush that expectation, it would add insult to injury because Nicki (29) is a lot younger than Mariah (42).

As for the composition of the judge’s panel, we’re told by no means is it a done deal. There are 2 scenarios being played out. First, it’s unclear if Randy Jackson will come back as a judge or a mentor. If he leaves the judge’s panel, there will be another spot to fill.

The second scenario … we’re told some of the honchos believe it’s a mistake to have 2 women and a man on the panel, and a 4th male judge would be necessary.

As for who’s still in the running, we’re told Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are leading the pack.

And there’s one other thing … Sources connected with the show say they’re worried … if the judges end up being Mariah, Nicki and Randy … middle America might not welcome the blackout.

[From TMZ]

Honestly, I think that Mariah would love to be the only woman on the panel because, you know, more attention going her way and all that. But I think the real issue here is something else, and it’s not even the age difference. Mariah probably feels like she’s really earned her place because she’s been a pop sensation for (literally) decades. In comparison, Minaj is fresh off the dayglo turnip truck, right? But I think for $12 million, Mariah could afford to shut up and put up with whomever the producers choose. Most people (not me, obviously!) are annoyed by at least one of their close co-workers without such enjoying the comfort of a grand salary to make it all better.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

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  1. hoya_chick says:

    “Sources connected with the show say they’re worried … if the judges end up being Mariah, Nicki and Randy … middle America might not welcome the blackout”….say what now?

    Also, this little gem “some of the honchos believe it’s a mistake to have 2 women and a man on the panel, and a 4th male judge would be necessary.”

    So the people who run AI are not only racist but sexist? Gross. Good thing I don’t watch because this would have sealed the deal.

  2. paranormalgirl says:

    What on earth would make Nicki Minaj qualified to judge anything?

  3. swack says:

    Here’s my take. Mariah is 42. So she will draw the viewers in her age range. They need a younger judge to draw in younger viewers. They also need the younger judge to have the performances seen possibly from a different view point (a younger one). As was stated in the article, we all have had co-workers that we don’t like and deal with them. Myself for one used to walk out of the employee lounge if certain people were in it because I didn’t want to deal with their attitude.

  4. islandwalker says:

    Idol needs to shut it down. It had a great run but it’s time has passed.

  5. Riana says:

    Forget Mariah, I’m sure Jennifer is a million times more pissed.

    Not only does Mariah get paid more than the amount she was denied, but she snubbed Nicki earlier implying she wouldn’t be back to perform on Idol.

    If she got a judging position Jennifer would throw he hissy fit to end all.

  6. Tifygodess24 says:

    Yeah I’m really confused by the comment “middle America might not like the blackout ” UMM excuse me? Are they trying to say people won’t watch because it would be an all black panel? What is this sh$t ??
    NO American idol middle america might not watch because this crap is played the hell out!

  7. Hautie says:

    Why would they hire Minaj… when Aretha Franklin has practically begged for the position.

    Aretha, who has actual talent. Who can carry a tune. Naturally.

    Just image the line up of Mariah, Randy and Aretha. With Aretha being the dream killer judge. Oh, that would be worth watching.

  8. natasha says:

    I really don’t believe this. Mariah is a diva definetly but her and Nicki did a song not to long ago and Nicki was ridiculously gushy, even for a celeb that’s promoting something. I’m sure Mariah would love to be the only female, but i doubt she is throwing a bitch fit about working with someone she knows and seemingly gets along with.

  9. Genevieve says:

    Well, this is disappointing.

    I don’t absolutely *love* either of them, but at least Mariah had the strength of 20+ years in the music business behind her. Plus, watching her Butterfly Diva-ness would have been GREAT TV :(

    Nicki Minaj?! Too young, flash in the pan, vocabulary not great enough to communicate anything without a “you know, like…” prefacing every comment.

    Wish they could’ve gotten Queen Latifah.

  10. tinypie says:

    I love Mariah but what do they mean a black out? Is she black? I might watch a lil Ai but only cuz of her.

  11. L says:

    Isn’t Minaj just a poor man’s ripoff of lil kim?

    She’s a hack-say what you will about Mariah and her diva attitude but the woman can sing and has the awards/sales to back it up.

    They should have gone with Aretha.

  12. Reece says:

    “Mariah probably dislikes her with the fury of a thousand diamond-encrusted suns)”–You mean butterflies, right? :)

  13. lw says:

    I really doubt that the Minaj rumors are true. She doesn’t have enough of a true fan base because she hasn’t been around long enough(not to mention the lack of talent). I think it is just hype to get people interested in a show that should have been put out to pasture a while ago. I predict Mariah, Randy, and someone from country music.

  14. KellyinSeattle says:

    I agree with one comment; Aretha ALL THE WAY! Why have any of these pop artists when you can have the Queen of Soul? And she WANTS to do it.

  15. Nicolette says:

    Considering Mariah is such a diva, I wasn’t happy about her being chosen. Will she really be able to give people the right critiques without holding them up to her talent levels? I mean not many people have 5 octave range. But I agree with her on not being happy about Nikki, who is not at all qualified to judge. Mariah has the experience and the talent to back it up. Nikki? Not so much, not at all really. Maybe the producers were just mesmerized by her lip syncing guest performance last season.

  16. thatttbitch says:

    Black out ….!!! Really ? Racist bastards .. middle america doesn’t have a problem with the americas got talent panel but they would have a problem with mariah , nicki and randy because being. Black is a problem

  17. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    As a white person this whole black out thing is being misconstrued; this is typical hollywood showing how little they know about the country; look, if Aretha, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown set on the panel, would white america have a problem hell no, they have talent and white as well as non-white america respects their music and listens to it, No, hollyweird has it wrong, its not the skin color, it’s as everyone is saying the show is done and having having some talentless hack as a judge, irrespective of race, isn’t going to save this lame mess. tifygodess24 you are spot on.

  18. Luls says:

    I know Mariah identifies with black culture, but when I see her, I just see a white woman.

    PS: I was disappointed too when I read that Nicki might be selected. And NO not because of her skin color. But because she’s a hack.

    And here I thought AI was finally starting to get it right by hiring Mariah. I guess they had to blow it somehow!

  19. Jaariel says:

    I still don’t get nick cannon with Mariah…they do not look right together.

  20. sara smiles says:

    Hello, since when is Middle America synonmous with White America? Middle America is the “general thought” of the american people (black, white, asian, native, hispanic); as opposed to an extreme mindset.

    As for the prospective judges, a cross section of views/judgments is needed to keep the show interesting and fair. Enertainment is as important to the success of this show as is qualified judging.

    Ive never watched it, but I have enjoyed performances by Aretha Nikki and Mariah. Sounds like fun.