Nicki Minaj to become a judge on ‘American Idol’

'Super Bass' rapper is set to join Mariah Carey on the reality show's new look judging panel

Nicki Minaj is to become a judge on American Idol, according to reports from the US last night (August 20).

The rapper, who cancelled her appearance at this weekend’s V Festival after she became ill, has reportedly signed on to join Mariah Carey as one of the judges on the show.

US gossip magazine US Weekly has spoken to two sources who claim that Minaj has agreed terms, with the first one saying: “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.”


A second source then told the magazine that Minaj is “100% confirmed” to be a part of the show’s judging panel, which, it is also thought, will include Jonas Brother Nick Jonas and N.E.R.D‘s Pharrell Williams, though neither have been confirmed as yet.

The reality series’ judging panel for its 2011-2012 series featured Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, both of whom have confirmed that they will not be returning. Music mogul Randy Jackson has yet to confirm whether he will be returning to the show for its next series,

Nicki Minaj returns to the UK in October for a eight-date arena tour. The run of shows begins at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on October 21 and runs until November 7, when Minaj headlines Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The tour also includes stops in Liverpool, Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

Nicki Minaj released her second album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ earlier this year and has just completed her debut UK tour.

Nicki Minaj will play:

Nottingham Capital FM Arena (October 21)
Manchester Arena (22, November 2)
Liverpool Echo Arena (24)
Newcastle Arena (25, 28)
Birmingham LG Arena (27)
London O2 Arena (30)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (November 3)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (7)


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