The endless speculation for the “Idol” 2013 judges panel continues.
The Hollywood Reporter has thrown out three more names: Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are supposedly in the running.
Minaj would certainly be a coup. She’s at the top of her game and would help “Idol” draw a younger audience. But she is a spokeswoman for Pepsi, a problem for Atlanta-based Coca Cola, which has been a major sponsor of “Idol” since day one. She recently cancelled some concerts due to “strained vocal cords,” though it doesn’t appear to be serious. She tweeted she has postponed her fall tour, which could be a sign she’s coming to “Idol.”
We know “Idol” would like a country artist on the panel, too. Brad Paisley’s name was previously posed. Urban would be a serious A lister, too, if they could get him. And Iglesias would bring in a little sexy Latino edge. His vocal ability is on par with Jennifer Lopez but that is obviously not a criteria to be a judge on “Idol.” If this story is accurate, it’s obvious “Idol” is seeking four major current artists as judges, which would sound an awful lot like, um, “The Voice.” We here generally hate four judges because it gets repetitive and eats up time.
So far, only Mariah Carey is solid. “Idol” needs to make a call very soon because audition rounds are coming up soon. (They usually tape them in September and October.)
The tea leaves are showing Randy Jackson’s role on the show may no longer be a judge. But Jimmy Iovine, the story said, isn’t going anywhere either. Maybe they’ll have them team up as co-mentors.
If anything, “Idol” is clearly not cutting the budget for talent.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk