Blonde rapper Nicki Minaj will join America Idol as a judge next season, US Weekly reported this afternoon. The Trinidadian MC, born Onika Tanya Maraj joins Mariah Carey as a new regular on the declining ratings giant.
What's good for Nicki is not so good for Randy Jackson, the last remaining member of the original AI troika of judges, along with Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Jackson will move to a "mentoring role" on the show, according to an US source. Among the other music celebs rrumored for a seat on the panel are Jonas bro Nick Jonas, Neptunes producer-singer Pharrell Williams, and still not married to Anna Kournikova heartthrob Enrique Iglesias.
With Minaj, AI will get two judges in one, if she brings along her outlier alter ego Roman Zolanski, showcased on this year's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album and her train wreck performance on this year's Grammy telecast.
Her ascendancy is sure to spice up Idol; it comes on the heels of a Twitter tantrum this morning in which she responded to criticism that she canceled a number of UK shows due to vocal issues by lashing out thusly: