“American Idol” may have hired one too many divas for their latest season. It’s no secret that Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have not been getting along as co-judges. Producers of the show have reportedly been looking for a viable solution, even if that meant firing one of them mid-season.
“They considered everything,” a source told E!. “Including replacing just one and replacing both.”
One solution “Idol” producers considered was replacing Carey by bringing back former judge Jennifer Lopez. However, their plans were thrown out the window when Carey’s people got wind of the situation. Ultimately, Carey’s people threatened to take legal action, which put a hold on their plans.
“Everyone has been sorely missing [Jennifer],” a source revealed, adding that she is “in talks” with the show to perform on the “Idol” season finale.
While Carey and Minaj’s jobs are safe for the remainder of this season, “Idol” viewers should expect some changes next season.
“There will definitely be changes to the judging panel for next season,” a source said. “Fox thought the Nicki-Mariah contrast would make for ratings, but there is concern it is like nails on [a] chalkboard for middle-America viewers.”
A source says Minaj is loved by producers but she most likely won’t return to the show next season. Meanwhile, an “American Idol” spokesperson says there is no truth to the rumors.