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Source: Nicki Minaj close to signing on for 'Idol'

This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows Nicki Minaj performing on NBC's "Today" show in New York. A source close to Minaj said the singer-rapper has been in talks to judge “American Idol” and that a deal is in works. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details and spoke on condition of anonymity. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows Nicki Minaj performing on NBC's "Today" show in New York. A source close to Minaj said the singer-rapper has been in talks to judge “American Idol” and that a deal is in works. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details and spoke on condition of anonymity. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj sings about "Starships," but is she a star-maker? The singer-rapper could be joining the ranks of "American Idol" judges.

A person close to Minaj said the 29-year-old entertainer has been in talks to judge the Fox TV competition and that a deal is in the works. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

If Minaj signs on, she would join Mariah Carey as a new judge on "Idol," which returns in January. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced their exits from the show last month.

Minaj — known for her colorful hairstyles, wardrobe and antics — is best known for hits like "Super Bass" and "Starships."