Kanye West is joining the long list of stars reportedly in talks to judge the next season of “American Idol.”

TMZ is reporting that sources close to the production say “Idol” execs have reached out to West to join the judging panel for Season 12 and he “expressed interest.”

But “he’s on the fence,” an insider told TMZ because West is not sure if judging “Idol” will appeal to his fan base. If Yeezy decided to join Idol, his salary would at least match new judge Mariah Carey’s $18 million.


Kanye is not the only hip-hop artist who’s joined the rumored list of “American Idol” Season 12 judges. YMCMB’s Rap Superstar, Nicki Minaj’s name was thrown into the ring earlier this week, though neither her reps nor the show confirmed the reports. Since the two have already worked and performed together on ‘Monster’ it will be interesting to see them together on ‘Idol”

Two seats were left vacant on the “American Idol” judging panel when Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their back-to-back “Idol” departures in July. Reports also surfaced that Randy Jackson, the only original “American Idol” judge still standing, will be moving on to a mentor role on the show.

Other rumored judges include Nick Jonas, Pharrell Williams, Alanis Morissette and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Guess we will just have to wait and see. In the mean time check out Kanye on DJ Khaled’s new track, “I Wish You Would”

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