American Idol is way behind schedule with so much shuffling and way too long contract negotiations with Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. Now Randy Jackson has stepped down from the judges table thinking Enrique Iglesias would step in, but the Latin heartthrob said no. At least Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have come on to join a lonely Mariah Carey.
And we though Simon Cowell's X-Factor USA had problems, but American Idol is trumping them as they're very behind production schedule, the judges table has now lost Randy Jackson and Enrique Iglesias shocked them by turning down a spot at the table next to Mariah Carey.
I can't believe they took so long with Nigel Lythgoe's contract negotiations while scrambling looking for judges that could come cheaper as Carey is proving to be quite the expensive gamble. She's now reported to be the highest paid judge in reality television with her FOX contract that comes to just about $18 million including all the perks and additional things. That was just to replace Jennifer Lopez who did a quick dash after using the show for all it's worth to resuscitate her then quickly dying career. From what I've heard, Jackson was already interested in taking over the mentoring so when it looked like Enrique Iglesias might come on as a judge he quickly jumped out of the chair. Now it's another empty spot. Now AI honchos are claiming that Keith Urban will be replacing Jackson to cover up that loss to the show.
Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are finally all set. Urban is reported to be taking the lowest salary of all the judges at $3-4 million, and you know that Minaj won't take much less than Carey's deal. We're hearing that she'll be getting double of Urban's salary. It all sounds good, but it just shows that American Idol is so focused on talent at the judges table that the contestants just get lost in the shuffle once again. This is easily one of the reasons why the stalwart show has been losing viewers to The Voice which actually does seem to focus much more on the talent...which is what they're supposed to be about anyway.