August 30, 2012 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ
As we will wait to learn who will be joining the American Idol judging panel, one thing is certain: Nigel Lythgoe will be back! But, does that mean we will get some new judges finally? Details inside!
American Idol is desperately trying to fill the judging seats left vacant by Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, and while so many names are being thrown around, only one name (aside from Mariah Carey) is certain for now is: Nigel Lythgoe. The executive producer is reportedly signing on for another season after months of negotiations, according to E! Online.
So, what does that mean for the panel? Well, sources say that Nigel Lythgoe’s first order of business is to “lock in judges” since the show appears to be way behind schedule this season. So who is it going to be? There is no word yet, but The Hollywood Reporter claims to have an insider who knows that both Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are close to signing on the dotted line.
As of this moment, the only certain judge is Mariah Carey. That is, pending she doesn’t pitch a fit if Minaj joins the panel (like several gossip sites claim). Randy Jackson is also rumored to be returning, but whether he will continue as a judge or mentor is still unknown. At this point, we’ll probably see Randy Jackson as the lone judge during the entire audition portion of the show!
And the mystery continues…Who would you like to see on the American Idol judging panel? Comment and share your thoughts below!
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