So, Is Nicki Minaj an 'American Idol' Judge or Not? Only Her Soft Drink Company Seems to Know for Sure Advertising Age
Finally, someone has gone on the record about whether or not Nicki Minaj is going to be a judge on "American Idol" starting this fall.
Minaj just spent the summer shilling for Pepsi, and our colleague Natalie Zmuda, at TVWeek sibling publication Advertising Age, asked the soft-drink giant whether they had a problem with Minaj becoming an "Idol" judge, given that rival Coca-Cola is one of the show's major sponsors and provides judges with cups full of Coke to drink on the show.
Said Pepsi spokesperson Andrea Foote to Ad Age, "Pepsi works with some of the hottest stars in the world of music. So it's no surprise that the producers of 'American Idol' would look to the Pepsi family to find their newest judge. Nicki remains a part of the Pepsi family on a global basis. We wish her the best as she takes on this new role."
There is no doubt that Minaj would have checked with Pepsi before signing on with 'Idol," given "Idol's" well-known continuing connection with Coke. That's because Minaj has a "multimillion-dollar deal" with Pepsi, according to Forbes.
Other published reports have credited unnamed "sources" saying either that Minaj already has the "Idol" job or that the ink isn't quite dry on a contract yet.
Fox, for its part, has declined to officially confirm whether Minaj is going to be a judge on "Idol."
By the way, Ad Age also asked Coke whether it had a problem with Minaj becoming a judge on "Idol," since the pop sensation is so closely tied to Pepsi, and a Coke spokesperson said, "We are not directly involved in the specific editorial aspects of the show. 'American Idol' has always done a great job over the past years bringing in new talent to the show to keep it exciting for viewers, and we look forward to the 2013 season."