Kanye West Passed On Being An 'American Idol' Judge

As we come to the final stages of choosing the judges for next season's American Idol, the choices are coming down to surviving judge Keith Urban, returning judge Jennifer Lopez and super producer Will.I.Am.

But it turns out Idol judges were shmoozing some of music's big wigs like Diddy and Kanye West!

US Weekly reports that producers approached Kanye West to fill in the last judging spot.Unfortunately Kanye turned down the gig, claiming that he didn't want to go mainstream and that it would hurt his street cred.

Do you think it would hurt his career? One thing is for sure, the ratings would be through the roof if he were a judge.