Nicki, as well as the rest of the panel, knows how much work and effort is takes to survive the music business. Plus, she has a unique look, which is just as intriguing as her music. I think she'll be the one to spot which of the Idol hopefuls have that total package; the talent, the look, and the marketability factor.
Now, to be completely honest, I feel like Randy Jackson would excel more in the role on Idol's in-house mentor. As a longtime producer with plenty of hits under his belt, I feel like his advice would benefit the Idol contestants more during their rehearsals.
He knows what the judges are going to be looking for, and he would be able to bring the best out of the contestants, vocally, for their performances. Plus, I think he'd be able to give them solid advice when it would come to arranging the music for their songs. I really feel like as the in-house mentor, he'd be quite the resource.
However, he's back at the judges' table this season, so get ready for a new catchphrase to be repeated ad nauseum and more ridiculous brooches.
So Idol fans, are you excited about the new judging panel? And how do you think Mariah, Keith, Nicki, and Randy will fare next season?
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