7:38 PM EDT, August 25, 2012
Could the "American Idol" judges panel have two women and one man for Season 12? Maybe. The Hollywood Reporter is saying sources close to the show have divulged that R&B star Nicki Minaj and country artist Keith Urban are close to inking their deals.
Reportedly, Minaj is inking a deal in the $8 million range, while Urban is looking at the $3-4 million neighborhood. Mariah Carey previously signed a whopping $18 million one-year deal to join the show.
Will Randy Jackson make it a four-person panel? We hope not. Seasons 8 and 9 tried that and it was too much. Hopefully the rumors that he's moving to the role of "mentor" are true and hopefully the show doesn't think a panel of two women and one man isn't OK and forces a fourth judge spot. If two men and one woman work, why not the other way around?