'American Idol': Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj close to inking deals - report

american-idol-nicki-minaj-keith-urban.jpgCould the "American Idol" judges panel have two women and one man for Season 12? Maybe. The Hollywood Reporter is saying sources close to the show have divulged that R&B star Nicki Minaj and country artist Keith Urban are close to inking their deals.

Reportedly, Minaj is inking a deal in the $8 million range, while Urban is looking at the $3-4 million neighborhood. Mariah Carey previously signed a whopping $18 million one-year deal to join the show.

Will Randy Jackson make it a four-person panel? We hope not. Seasons 8 and 9 tried that and it was too much. Hopefully the rumors that he's moving to the role of "mentor" are true and hopefully the show doesn't think a panel of two women and one man isn't OK and forces a fourth judge spot. If two men and one woman work, why not the other way around?

What do you think of the latest news, "Idol" fans?
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