"American Idol" might be making history by having not one, but two Black judges in its upcoming season.
The most recent casting rumor has singer and reality star Toni Braxton taking the place of exiting judge Steven Tyler. If Toni joins the lineup alongside newly announced judge Mariah Carey, this will be the first time ever that there have been two Black women judging as regulars on the series.
An insider who works for Simon Cowell claims producers were less than discreet when discussing the newest addition to the judging panel and plans to add Toni were overheard. The news has yet to be confirmed.
“When I overheard the producers during a candid conversation regarding having two Black, female judges for the first in the history of the show, I almost jumped out of my skin,” the insider said in an email. "To add to what was already internal pandemonium, I overheard them say that Toni Braxton was replacing Steven Tyler.”
Toni has hit the “Idol” stage before, having performed on the show before with season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, and now fans may get to see how she is when the tables are turned.
Neither Fox, nor Toni, have commented on the rumors yet.
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