Oh, American Idol! What is happening to you. Since when have the judges become ultimately more important than the singers themselves?
Let’s see now. So far we have Mariah Carey and, uhm, Mariah and, uhm, oh yes – Mariah!
Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, we have this enticing news release:
As has been widely reported, rapper Nicki Minaj is indeed near a deal to join the show as a judge. If hired, she’ll join pop singer Mariah Carey, who signed a contract worth about $17 million per year. Carey fills one of the spots vacated by singer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, whose exits were announced earlier this year.
The third spot, sources say, is most likely going to Australian country music star Keith Urban. The top runner-up for his spot (or, if Fox and producers decide to go full throttle, for a fourth spot) is Spanish singer-songerwriter Enrique Iglesias. And, hanging in there with an outside chance, Idol veteran Adam Lambert is still in the mix.
American Idol veteran judge, Randy Jackson, will continue on in some sort of mentoring role. No one really knows if Jimmy Iovine has gotten the boot but I suspect that he will.
I don’t know about you but this sounds like one hot mess. Way too much star power at the judges’ table. Will we even be able to focus on the singers?
One reader over at EW.Com said that the show should be called American Judges. That made me laugh but sad at the same time. The show has morphed into some sort of circus where the judges are the featured act.
Thanks heavens Ryan Seacrest is still employed as host – he, at least, is a wonderful and reassuring reminder of what this show used to be about – the singers.