Fox and Minaj's representatives reportedly declined comment on the singer and rapper's alleged participation.
On Friday, The Hollywood Reporterreported that Idol producers have been eyeing Minaj to be a judge on the show alongside Mariah Carey and she'd potentially be part of a four-person judging panel which would also include two open spots for a Latin and country artist. Enrique Iglesias and Keith Urban are reportedly the frontrunners for those two seats on the panel respectively.
However, a conflict in endorsement deals apparently threw a wrench in Idol's plans to get Minaj onboard, according to The Reporter, as Minaj recently became the new face of Pepsi while Coke has sponsoredAmerican Idol -- at the reported price of $26 million a year -- since the singing competition's first season in 2002.
According to prior reports, Sean "Diddy" Combs is reportedly also being considered to judge American Idol's next season. In addition, Nick Jonas recently verified he's been in talks to serve on the show's judging panel, while around the same time, reports surfaced that singer Pharrell Williams was also close to inking an Idol deal.
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