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Now this could shake things up! According to an Us Weekly report, Nicki Minaj is the latest addition to the American Idol cast. The outspoken rapper-singer would be sitting at the revamped judge's table alongside Mariah Carey and an as-yet-unnamed third celebrity judge.
"I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it," an insider told the magazine. "A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening."
Another source claims that the Grammy nominee is "100% confirmed" to judge Idol.
Though Minaj herself hasn't commented on the report, the Super Bass rapper hinted at some big news on Twitter.
"Ok barbz, getting another x-ray," the singer, who has recently undergone vocal chord surgery, tweeted at her fans, or 'Barbies.' "When I get back, I'll have a surprise for u.*kisses u, hugs u*"
Could it be true that Minaj is ready for primetime? We love that idea so much, mainly because she's not a "safe" choice. Unlike Britney Spears, who is judging the competing show The X Factor, Minaj does not come with a guarantee that viewers will love her. Remember her crazy performance at the 2012 Grammys? The rapper likes to push boundaries, and she doesn't care who she offends. Honestly, that make for better TV (and a better judge -- hello, Simon Cowell!) than someone who's constantly angling for approval.
Another reason why casting Minaj could be a stroke of genius: she's the total opposite of Mariah. Carey is a five-time Grammy winner who has been in the spotlight since 1990, endorses luxury products and never appears in public with a hair out of place. Nicki is a wild card who has been famous for just a few years, loves gaudy fashion and likes to brag about her bisexuality and multiple personalities. These two are bound to clash over something -- it's only a matter of time. We'll just be holding our breath over here until Minaj updates her Twitter account.
As for the third new Idol judge to replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, the possibilities seem wide open. Reports claim that longtime judge Randy Jackson will move into a mentoring role, leaving his chair open for a fellow musical celeb. Nick Jonas has confirmed that he's in the running, calling it "a dream come true if it happens." Pharrell Williams is also rumored to be in talks with the show. Who knows: since Idol is shaking things up this year, maybe they'll both sign on!