Mere days after it seemed all but official that Latino singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias would step in as the fourth judge on the long-running and long-popular 'American Idol,' rumors are spreading that negotiations have broken down.
This has been a tumultuous off-season for the Fox talent show, with producers scrambling to replace exiting judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Rumored replacements ranged from Kanye West to Katy Perry to past contestant Adam Lambert. With this, the show’s 12th season, Iglesias would have joined the current judge line-up of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, while originator Randy Jackson would move into more of a mentor role for the aspiring 'Idol' contestants. Numerous sources reported the story to the point where it seemed all but a done deal.
Reportedly negotiations broke down for currently undisclosed reasons, with Fox, producers Fremantle Media and 19 Entertainment bringing Jackson back to the judge's panel to join Minaj, Urban, and Carey. Minaj and Urban are in the processes of finalizing their respective deals with producers, and the plan going forward appears to be to announce the foursome before the auditioning process begins late this month.
Does the singing competition really need four judges? Speaking personally, the addition of pop icon Carey was more than enough to fill the void that was left when Tyler and Lopez exited, and a power trio of Carey, Jackson, and Minaj (along with the occasional guest judge) would seemingly yield more than enough fire and in-fighting to make for a thoroughly entertaining season.