Nicki Minaj will join American Idol next season as a judge, reports Us Weekly. Sources say the rapper has “a few more slight things to sign off on” but is “100 percent confirmed to judge” the show. Fox, which airs American Idol, declined to comment when contacted by Us.
Minaj joins Mariah Carey on the judges’ panel after Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler stepped down after last season. There’s been talk that Randy Jackson will move into a “mentoring” role, leaving one more judge spot open for next season. Nick Jonas has confirmed he is under consideration for the gig, and sources say Pharrell Williams is also up for the spot. Charlie Sheen has also expressed interest in being a judge on the show.
Minaj canceled a planned performance at the V Festival in England last weekend, citing strained vocal cords.