First, it was Adam Lambert — then, we heard about Miley Cyrus, Fergie, will.i.am, and Mariah Carey. Are we seriously about to add Kanye West’s name to the list of people possibly being considered for a judging gig on “American Idol” next season?
According to The Wrap, names such as Mary J. Blige, the notoriously-private Lenny Kravitz, and (seriously) Kanye West are discussed as people who Fox executives are thinking about for a role on the show next season. Remember, it is the network that is actually going to have final say on the judges, not the still-unsigned Nigel Lythgoe or any of the show’s other executive producers. From our standpoint, Blige is the only one of these names that makes any sense at all — she is heavily respected in the music industry, smart, and would do just about everything she could to help get these contestants in a position to succeed. West is too polarizing for a family show like this, and we can’t see Kravitz actually wanting to stay around in the public eye for weeks and weeks on end.
The website also claims that both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were actually dismissed by Fox after negotiations fell apart on new contracts. J. Lo asked for a raise from $15 to $17 million, and this was enough to send her packing. Remember, the show’s ratings plummeted mightily in season 11, so it didn’t make any sense for Fox to give either of these judges new money when they were seeing diminishing returns on their investment.
From a personal standpoint, we’re pulling rooting to see a panel next year that consists of Adam Lambert (someone who knows the “American Idol” experience and will give honest, intelligent feedback), Miley Cyrus (a young and opinionated star that will cater to the teen audience), and Jimmy Iovine (a respected studio name who did a great job giving criticism on results shows this past year). Who do you want on the panel next year? Head over to this link if you want to read up even more on the talk surrounding Mariah Carey, and of Randy Jackson possibly stepping down from the show after 11 years to focus on something new.