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Mariah Carey Wants Lenny Kravitz On ‘American Idol,’ Not Nicki Minaj

Thu, August 23, 2012 10:03pm EDT by Billy Nilles 14 Comments

Nicki may be in the running to be a new ‘American Idol’ judge, but a source tells EXCLUSIVELY that Mariah has someone else in mind: her pal, Lenny! Read on for the inside scoop.

Nicki Minaj may have worked on Mariah Carey‘s 2010 song “Up Out My Face,” but it doesn’t look like she has a fan in the diva belter. Mariah is not pleased that Nicki is being considered to sit beside her as a judge next season on American Idol and would rather have her friend Lenny Kravitz by her side, a source tells us!

A friend of Mariah’s tells exclusively, “Mariah would love to have her dear friend Lenny Kravitz sit next to her on the American Idol judge panel. She thinks he would be the perfect choice because he is extremely talented and knows music inside and out.”

Our source had some harsh words for Nicki! “Nicki on the other hand isn’t established enough to qualify as a judge,” they say. “Mariah wants a panel of bright, inspirational and constructive judges. Not some freak show! Mariah thinks Nicki will just be a distraction and it will all be about her and her outrageous behavior. Mariah will NOT be happy if Nicki joins the panel and she has let the producers know just how she feels!”

Who do you think would be a better judge, HollywoodLifers? Nicki or Lenny?

— Reporting by Sandra Clark, Written by Billy Nilles

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