Sean "Diddy" Combs is in talks to judge "American Idol!"
The artist formerly known as Puff Daddy may be joining diva Mariah Carey at the judging table. The long-running TV talent show was left scrambling to recruit A-listers when both previous star judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, quit. Other names mentioned as possible replacements include Pharrell Williams, Nick Jonas and Aretha Franklin. The role of veteran judge Randy Jackson also has yet to be confirmed for the upcoming season.
Diddy would bring a wealth of musical knowledge and other talents. As a producer, rapper, songwriter, entrepreneurial mogul and marketing genius, the "Bad Boy" has a unique musical skill set. As Forbes Magazine's richest man in hip hop, Combs' successful ventures range from Ciroc Vodka to his Sean John clothing line.
If Puffy joins the table It won't be the first time that that he has nurtured artists on TV. His MTV reality franchise "Making the Band" spawned the former groups Day 26 and Danity Kane. In addition, the Harlem native has a long resume of acts that owe him for their success.
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Ironically, previous "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez has a Combs connection. Before there was Bennifer, before there was Casper Smart, there was Puff and the Fly Girl. The couple was a tabloid fave back in the day. After they broke up, Jen seemed to follow the Diddy blueprint of career diversity with her clothing lines and triple threat approach to fame.
The late rapper Biggie was Sean's best friend and a bestselling act. The groundbreaking hip hop star was just a local talent and drug dealer from Brooklyn before partnering with Puff. Together the duo recorded hit songs such as "Hypnotize," "Big Poppa" and "Mo Money, Mo Problems."
Mary J. Blige
Mary is Diddy's longest running act and discovery. They both hailed lived in gritty urban Westchester along with other popular Mount Vernon artists of the time such as Al B. Sure and the late Heavy D. Mr. Combs helped to cement Mary's brand as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. Diddy also produced other female artists such as T.L.C. and Faith Evans.
So, what do you think? Is the 'name change master' we used to call P. Diddy the perfect judge for "American Idol"?
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