American Idol is gearing up for a first: a hip-hop judge. Word on the street is that Nicki Minaj is in talks with the show to become its newest judge.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Minaj is close to signing on for the gig. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler left the show last season.
If the deal goes through, Nicki will be joining Mariah Carey. Randy Jackson has not confirmed if he'll return or not. Kanye West, Enrique Iglesias and Keith Urban have also been mentioned as possible judges. It's all speculation at this point, but we could get an entirely new panel next season. Season 12 of American Idol returns in January.
A rapper on American Idol? Didn't see that one coming.