TICKER: Nicki Minaj is next judge on American Idol, sources say

The search for the next American Idol judge continues and rumor has it that Nikki Minaj is very close to signing on as the next American Idol judge, according to an insider close to the Hip-Hop icon.

Some sources are even saying that the deal is 100% sealed. If Minaj signs the deal, she would be joining pop diva Mariah Carey, along with mainstay Randy Jackson.

Minaj and Fox reps have not stated whether this information, leaked to the press, is indeed valid.

Minaj definitely has the credentials that would make her a qualified candidate to steer a young Idol’s career in the right direction. Who better than a quadruple platinum artist with chart topping hits in several countries leading the pack?

Minaj is 29-years old and is already a legendary hip hop artist.  She sets a new standard for women in terms of record sales and opportunities.   But some critics warn that she furthers the expectation that female hip-hop artists are expected to use their sexuality in order to get attention from the industry.  Nicki’s move to pop recently appears to be working, since she is now signing big checks and has sales that are out of this world.  Her mix of urban and pop appeal has made her into an instant icon.

If she does join the ranks, it will be a domination of girl power! Can we say butterflies and pink wigs running wild? Minaj may be what they need to bring the ratings back up to standard for the show.  Have to wonder if she will bring Roman along for the ride.

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