"American Idol" contestants will have a new personality critiquing their performances next season.
Recording artist Angie Martinez, popular DJ at New York's WQHT Hot 97, will join Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and the eternally bitter Simon Cowell when the show starts up again in January.
A spokesperson for Fox, the network behind the hit talent show, said Wednesday (October 23) they were still negotiating with Martinez. Her camp confirmed the deal.
Martinez, who appeared with Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Da Brat on Kim's Grammy-nominated "Not Tonight/Ladies Night Remix," released her second album, Animal House, in August (see "Because It Felt So Empty Without Him: Eminem LP Back At #1"). Up Close and Personal, which features Jay-Z, Big Punisher and others, dropped in 2001.
Rappers often go to break news or clear up rumors on Martinez' afternoon radio show, which she's held since 1994 (see "Jay-Z Challenges Nas To Pay-Per-View Battle During Radio Takeover").
Only one of the celebrities from "American Idol's" first season, Brian Dunkleman, will not be returning. Fox is currently searching for a new co-host to join Ryan Seacrest, who, like Martinez, is a radio DJ.
"American Idol" launched the talent search for the second season on Monday in Detroit.
Kelly Clarkson, the winner for the first contest, is enjoying a massively successful single in "A Moment Like This" (see
" 'American Idol' Kelly Clarkson Crushes Singles Chart Competition").