NYC hip-hop radio DJ is tapped as ''Idol'''s fourth judge
Simon Cowell may have dominated the judging on ”American Idol” with his blunt assessments of the talents (and no-talents) performing before the cameras. But next season, the panel should be more balanced, at least in terms of gender. Soon to join Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson as ”Idol” judges is New York City hip-hop figure Angie Martinez, Variety reports.
Like the others, Martinez is an industry insider. She’s been an on-air personality since 1994 at New York’s Hot 97 (WQHT-FM), where she’s currently the afternoon drive-time DJ. Plus, she’s released two hip-hop albums of her own: ”Up Close and Personal” in 2001, and ”Animal House” in August. She also appeared on the Grammy-nominated single ”Ladies Night,” alongside Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, Lisa ”Left Eye” Lopes, and Da Brat.
It’s not clear what kind of foil she’ll make for Simon and the others, or how her taste will affect the talent pool. But ”Idol” singers will soon find out, as auditions for next season began Monday in Detroit and will soon move across the country.
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