It would seem that American Idol‘s producers are looking to increase the range of their audience as they have allegedly been trying to ink deals with Kanye West & Nicki Minaj.  TMZ claims that Kanye is now shortlisted as a potential candidate to judge next season’s American Idol. Diddy and Pharrell have also had their names thrown into the mix.

It’s also rumored that Nicki is close to inking the deal that would place her on a panel alongside Mariah Carey who signed earlier this year.

The new season gets underway this January. Will you be watching?