‘American Idol’ season 12: Kanye West adds to the rumor mill

Kanye West was a name that we heard a number of weeks ago when it came to becoming a judge on “American Idol,” but we never really took it seriously simply because we weren’t quite sure whether or not this would be something that he would actually be interested in.

However, now there is some news that is coming out that makes all of this far more interesting. According to a new report from TMZ, the rapper is at least in discussiosn with Fox and producers for the show about taking one of the open two spots. From some standpoints, we certainly understand the reason for the interest — Kanye is hugely successful as both an artist and a producer, so he keeps some of that behind-the-scenes aspect to the panel that Randy Jackson has should he decide to step down.

However, this is still probably a long shot to actually happen. Thanks to his thoughts on everything from Taylor Swift to George Bush, Kanye is not exactly popular in all of Middle America — who make up much of the show’s viewing audience. Also, having both him and Nicki Minaj (who is also rumored) on the panel would be odd given that rap is not really represented that much among the contestants. Finally, there is an issue with money — namely that Kanye would like ask for money that is not that far off from the $18 million Mariah Carey is getting. We’ve heard that the show is looking to cut costs, and handing out these sort of salaries is not going to make that happen.

Do you think that there is any way in which you see Kanye as a good fit for the show? We want to hear some of your thoughts below! To check out the latest on Minaj along with Adam Lambert, be sure and visit the story over at this link.

Photo: Fox

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!