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Report: Kanye West Turned Down "American Idol" Judging Job

Image courtesy of Mike Marsland/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Mike Marsland/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

Many viewers raised their eyebrows last year when it was announced that for the first time, a rapper -- Nicki Minaj -- would be a judge on American Idol .  That worked out fine, but imagine what viewers' reactions would have been to the news that Kanye West was joining the panel.  According to Us Weekly, it could have happened.

A source tells the magazine that Kanye was offered the third spot on the panel this year, after Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez .  After considering it, says the source, Kanye took a pass, because he was worried it would make him seem too "mainstream," and hurt his "street cred."

The source claims that in addition to Kanye, the producers were also considering at Sean "Diddy" Combs , and super-producer Rodney Jerkins , as well as will.i.am.   However, rumor now has it that Katy Perry 's producer, Dr. Luke , is going to get the nod.  Fox has not confirmed or denied any of this speculation, of course, and continues to offer no comment.

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