Pull up a chair, because Nicki Minaj may just be joining the judges’ table over at “American Idol”!
The colorful female emcee, 29, is reportedly already set to be the latest addition to Fox’s hit singing competition show, a source tells Us Weekly. “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” the source told Us. “A few more things to sign off on but it is happening.”
Another source told the magazine that Minaj is “100% confirmed to judge ‘American Idol.'”
As of now, reps for both the network and the singer have not commented on the speculation.
If the rumors are true, then Minaj will be adding to a high-caliber panel that already includes singing legend Mariah Carey and has names like Pharrell Williams and Nick Jonas up for consideration.
Both Minaj and Carey, 42, are native New Yorkers. Minaj hails from Jamaica, Queens, and Carey was born and raised on Long Island.
Previous judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced that they were leaving the show earlier this summer, sending viewers into a frenzy wondering what musicians would be brought in to fill the void.
“What you’ve got to realize is you’ve got to create a panel that gels,” show producer Nigel Lythgoe told E! News. “A panel that makes sense together. It’s not just about three individuals.”
The only remaining original member of the judges’ table, Randy Jackson, will be reportedly moving into a more “mentoring role” on the show.
Minaj was recently forced to cancel her shows at the V Festival in England due to strained vocal cords.
Angry fans took to Twitter to complain about the cancellations, and the feisty rapper shot back her own retorts.
“I am so thankful to my true fans who understand WHY I couldn’t play #VFestival & WHY I can’t play Dublin. Absolutely gutted,” she wrote Monday morning.
“However, if u have anythinbg negative to say to me, please #EatS**tAndDie – I am human
SOURCE: NEWYORK DAILY NEWS