Nicki Minaj recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about this problem. She called it “a judgmental culture in hip-hop.”
“Sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person. I’m still surprised that I decided to do it.”
And not only Nicki Minaj, but fellow “American Idol” judge Mariah Carey was on the fence, too, even if it was for a slightly different reason.
"I was on the fence about the whole thing," Carey says. "I got approached by all the shows. [My husband Nick Cannon] said I should do it because it's the top. It's the cream of the crop. And I felt like, 'Do the show that's produced massive stars who have had major careers.'"
Despite those feeling, they each accepted “American Idol’s” offer and will be at the judges’ table when the show’s new season starts on Jan. 16. And despite the blow-ups and screaming matches the two have reportedly had, the show must go on.
The friendly rivalry was still there, however, when Nicki Minaj was asked whether she will need to tone down her look to fit the “American Idol” mold. She replied, “I could think of at least one other person [who] shows more cleavage and skin than me.”
It’s going to be an exciting season on “American Idol.” Stay tuned!
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