If The Hollywood Reporter knows its stuff, talent show fans can expect a slice of country and a dash of hip-hop as they tune in to the next season of American Idol.
The Australian country crooner — who already serves as a judge on The Voice in his homeland — is “nearing” a deal with producers of Fox’s aging singing competition, according to a source close to the negotiations. Idol bosses reportedly turned to Urban after his chart rival Brad Paisley ended discussions over a salary dispute.
And while we’re on the subject of moolah…If Keith decides to sign on the dotted line, he’ll likely take home a $3-$4 million salary for his appearance on Season 12.
Ah — but that’s peanuts compared to what Idol bosses are willing to pay sassy femcee Nicki Minaj, 29. The “Roman’s Revenge” hitmaker is close to an one-season deal reportedly worth $8 million — and that’s not even considering wardrobe, hair and makeup expenses.
None of this is expected to go over well with songbird Mariah Carey, who has already agreed to assume one of the vacant seats on the ever-changing panel as part of a whooping $18 million per season contract. She’s been publicly lobbying for gig for her ole chum Lenny Kravitz.
In fact, Carey made it blatantly clear she is not willing to sit alongside Nicki, reportedly hanging up the phone on producers when she was told Nicki is going to join her on the judging panel. Idol sources told TMZ 42-year-old Mariah is peeved for two reasons: one, she was apparently led to believe she would be the only female judge and two, she is worried about looking bad next the much younger Minaj.
Hey — what happens to Randy Jackson? Well, no one knows for certain. The lone original Idol judge might stay on as a fourth panelist or he may transition to a mentor role.