Rapper lined up to join judging panel
michael baggs
09:50 21st August 2012

Nicki Minaj is poised to take a break from her hip-hop career to join the American Idol judging panel, according to show insiders.

The star is in negotiations to join Mariah Carey as a new judge on the US talent show. The singer is yet to confirm her potential upcoming involvement in the show.

The news comes days after the 'Pound The Alarm' rapper pulled out of her V Festival performance.

"I'm not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it," says an insider on the show to American magazine US Weekly. "A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening."

Minaj cited 'vocal problems' when she pulled out of her scheduled appearance at V Festival, and later hit out at fans who criticised her cancellation.

Minaj told Twitter fans on 21 August: "I am so thankful to my true fans who understand WHY I couldn't play #VFestival & WHY I can't play Dublin. Absolutely gutted." Adding: "However, if u have anything negative to say to me, please #EatShitAndDie - I am human."

Explaining just why she was forced to cancel, Minaj stated: "I was in jeopardy of losing my voice entirely and needing surgery on my vocal chord. If u can't understand that, your mother's a WHORE!!!!" Adding: "I will NOT let you people make me feel horrible for a f*cking HEALTH issue! That's what got me in this mess! I shldve listened 2 the doctor!"

"Like people are hitting me telling me I shldve mimed. No! Then you woulda made a f*cking STORY out of that too! #killyaf*ckingself"