Nicki Minaj leaving 'American Idol,' Keith Urban wants to stay - report
"American Idol" may be losing another judge -- according to a new report.
Nicki Minaj, one of the talent competition show's newest judges, is reportedly set to depart from the FOX series after the current season, according to a May 15 report by Us Weekly.
"It's safe to say she isn't coming back to Idol," the magazine claims an unnamed insider said. It goes on to report that the "Roman Holiday" rapper will be focusing on her next album, touring, and taking part in endorsements.
"She's okay with it," the source continues. "She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway."
The 30-year-old songstress, who is very active on her social media profiles, has not commented or Tweeted about the report.
The news of her possible departure comes only a week following the announcement that longtime judge Randy Jackson, who has been there since the show's inception in 2002, would also be stepping down, saying in a statement: "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on 'American Idol' I have decided it is time to leave after this season."
Jackson's exit from the singing competition series follows rumors that Fox executives are planning to really shake things up -- by inviting ALL new judges for the show's upcoming season. These reports have not been confirmed. "American Idol" has been struggling in the ratings this season and is down 22 percent in viewers this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While Mariah Carey hasn't commented on whether she'll be returning to the show as a judge, a report was released on May 9 claiming that the singer dropped Jackson as her manager. Carey previously worked with Jackson when she was signed to Columbia Records. He produced and co-wrote several of her songs as well as played bass for the singer during her tours and in the studio.
There is one judge who definitely wouldn't mind staying on the talent competition, however: Keith Urban. The country singer and husband to Nicole Kidman opened up to People magazine about the possibility of staying on Wednesday, May 15, explaining why he would love to be a part of the show's next season.
"I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that's a rarity," he told the magazine. "I joined an ensemble like this in the same way I joined a band. I like being in a team and I felt that immediately, with [host Ryan Seacrest] and Randy, particularly."
Tonight marks the show's season finale, which will see either Kree Harrison or Candace Glover dubbed the new "American Idol."
The finale airs on Thursday, May 16 -- tonight -- at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Who do YOU want to win? Tell us in the comments below.