NEW YORK If Randy Jackson yells Yo Dawg! during the next season of American Idol, he could be talking to Snoop Dogg, if the rapper has his way.
After hearing of the millions of dollars Idol judges earn on the Fox competition, Snoop, in an interview this week, said: Ill do American Idol.
Idol returns in January. Mariah Carey is filling one of the two seats made available following Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tylers exits last month. When told Carey is earning about $18 million a year for a one-year contract with a renewal option, Snoop looked to his manager and jokingly yelled: Get on it!
Neil Schubert, spokesman for American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America, declined to comment on any speculation about potential new judges.
Taping on episodes that include the judges doesnt start until fall, so the show has time to continue its search. The show is conducting its mass auditions now that are done without the judges.
Snoop, 40, announced earlier this week that hes using the name Snoop Lion for an upcoming reggae album. He now considers himself a Rastafarian after what he calls a life-changing trip to Jamaica, and is also releasing a documentary about his rebirth. Both the album and film are called Reincarnated.
Given American Idols family-friendly focus, Snoop known for his colorful language and gangsta raps said he would be mindful of his tone. But the ardent marijuana supporter seemed to have a limit regarding his beloved (and illegal) herb: Ill clean my act up, but Im still Rastafari.