Enrique Can Be Your Hero, Baby, on 'Idol'

But can he take away the pain? After much rumor and deliberation, it looks like American Idol has settled on four names to comprise its panel of judges when the reality singing competition returns for its 12th season on FOX in January.

Back in July, FOX confirmed that pop diva Mariah Carey would be joining the show after last season's judges, Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, vacated their seats on the panel. Recently, industry sources reported that rapper Nicki Minaj and country music star Keith Urban would also be serving as judges on the popular program. Now comes word that Idol has decided to expand the panel to a quartet with the addition of Latin singer/songwriter Enrique Iglesias.

Enrique Iglesias

Original judge Randy Jackson, who has been a well-regarded cast member since the series premiered in 2002, is expected to remain on the show in a different capacity, likely in a mentor role.

The salaries of the new judges are not confirmed, but Carey is rumored to be making the most, in the $15-$17 million range, followed by Minaj and Iglesias between $10-$12 million, and Urban pulling up behind with $3-$5 million. Host Ryan Seacrest will be returning and he is expected to pull in $15 million on top of that.

With these four new names, the gamut of popular music is covered with pop, rap, country, and Latin music being represented. Apparently, rock 'n' roll is dead and American Idol is dancing on its grave. Will you be watching?

- Enrique Iglesias
- American Idol

Written by: Chrononaut
Sep 8th, 2012, 11:15 am



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Message Posted On Sep 8th, 2012, 11:47 pm

I'm right there with you Tina on loving AC/DC, Zepplelin, Hendrix, The Doors etc. I'm also a big Black Sabbath fan. Just because I grew up in the grunge era, and thus it's the nearest to my heart, doesn't mean I don't have much respect for the rock gods that preceeded it.



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Message Posted On Sep 8th, 2012, 11:11 pm

Oh honey, you're not old..yet :) I wouldn't have a problem with the real good rock coming back, but I'm talking about the 70's, of course I was , ummmm, just a toddler at that time... Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Who. And of course going back a little more.. The Doors, The Stones, Cream, or Jimi Hendrix. I admit to loving almost everything, from bubble gum to Folk. Don't have much toleration for hip hop though. Not a Niki Minaj fan either but I'd probably still watch.



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Message Posted On Sep 8th, 2012, 11:35 am

Sadly, hard rock pretty much is dead to the mainstream of America. I certainly don't begrudge anyone liking other genres of music better, I just wish rock had more of a presence nowadays. The only rock that really sells anymore is either soft, poppy Nickelback stuff, rock mixed with rap, or whiny emo music. I know this just makes me sound old, but man do I miss the 90's grunge era. Nivrana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots,  Soundgarden, all favorites of mine. Good times.

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