‘American Idol’ season 12: The latest on Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj

Are you ready to jump back on board the “American Idol” judging carousel? Let’s hope so, since there are some more rumors out there talking about everyone from Adam Lambert to Nicki Minaj.

All about Adam – First, let’s begin with the revelation that Adam has at least sat down and had discussions with the show’s producers and Fox about joining the panel for the upcoming season. Speaking per Australian publication Herald Sun while on a promotional tour in the country, here is what he had to say:

”I am still waiting on the green light; I am still being considered as far as I know and it was really lovely to talk with them.”

While this is nice to hear, we should also put on the brakes here in saying that Adam talking with producers does not in any way mean that he is close to actually joining the show — it just means that there is at least some mutual interest. We unfortunately haven’t heard Adam’s name as much in the past couple of weeks as we had earlier this summer, but it would be a nice touch for the show to have someone on the panel who knows from experience what the contestants are going through.

Nicki Minaj – Meanwhile, we know that Nicki is close to becoming a judge on the show, but there is a rather unusual problem at the moment — Mariah Carey is supposedly none too pleased about her being a part of the panel. According to TMZ, she was under the impression that she was going to be the only woman — and thus, there is all sorts of confusion about what is going to happen if Mariah gets annoyed with the “Super Bass” rapper joining the team.

There are now all sorts of bizarre concerns coming out — including that producers are worried about having multiple female judges without two men, which could be why the four-judge panel is being organized now. TMZ uses the same names we have heard recently as some of the top candidates — Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Enrique Iglesias. It’s possible that Randy Jackson could stay as a judge, but we know that the show wants someone from the country world to keep Middle America watching.

If some recent rumors are true, the likely panel that we are going to see for the show will consist of Nicki, Mariah, Keith, and Enrique — though personally we would replace the latter two guys with Brad and Adam.

What do you think is going to ultimately be the panel for the show? To check out some more recent news pertaining to the show’s reigning champ in Phillip Phillips, be sure and read the story here.

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