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Nicki Minaj as new 'American Idol' judge? Lady Gaga goes brunette, and more

Posted by Kristi Palma  August 21, 2012 07:09 AM

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Nicki Minaj performed on NBC's "Today" show in New York Aug. 14

Rapper Nicki Minaj is reportedly in talks to take a seat on the "American Idol" judge's panel for season 12 next to newcomer Mariah Carey. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news Friday, and US Weekly also claims to have a confirmation. Veteran judge Randy Jackson has not yet confirmed that he will return to the show, and Enrique Iglesias's name is also floating around the rumor mill as a possible new judge. Time will tell if the entire panel is replaced this season (judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their departures from the show after last season). What do you think of Minaj as a judge?

Lady Gaga is now a brunette. The typically blond pop megastar is known for her varying and often over-the-top fashion statements, but this time the "Born This Way" singer seems a bit softer sporting her light brown locks than her usual edgy vibe. Do you agree? She debuted the new color while in Amsterdam. Read more in US Weekly.

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-- Swift to perform at VMAs, US gymnasts to present (AP)
-- Amanda Bynes being investigated for traffic accident (AP)
-- What did Spice Girl Mel B. do to her face? (E! Online)


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