Nicki Minaj managed to make "American Idol" history by being the first judge ever to be late to one of the Fox show's live programs. On March 13, Minaj was a full 13 minutes late for her contracted date to sit at the "AI" judges table as the top 10 performers for 2013 started to sing. When she arrived, this artist turned arbiter snuck over to her chair next to her colleagues while wearing a black hoodie and dark shades, hiding her face and possibly her shame as seen in a video from Wednesday night.
Sadly, Minaj missed the first performance, which meant there were no Nicki witticisms to offer to Curtis Finch Jr after he sang a song from former "Idol" winner Fantasia who had covered R Kelly in his anthem called "I Believe I Can Fly" during her reign on this reality show.
That said, while Finch could apparently fly in song, the rapper who is now a TV talent show judge could only drive. In fact, she apparently called ahead to say she would be late because she was delayed while stuck in her car in traffic on Los Angeles' 405 freeway.
As Kevin Fazier of OMG! Insider pointed out on "The Talk" on March 14, you don't need to take the 405 from Malibu to get to the "AI" stage. Nevertheless, that is the route Nicki Minai allegedly took, making her late for her very important date with the "American Idol" live show during which time the top 10 candidates for the title performed a crucial tune to try and go on in the competition.
But, as former "Idol" winner Phillip Phillips pointed out about this Nicki Minaj dilemma when she was late to the program, it isn't up to her to decide which singers will push on in the competition at this stage of the game and which will not. At this point, it is now the fans vote that count. The judges merely can speak about what they heard, hoping these words of wisdom as professionals in the music industry will carry some weight with those viewers who now have the power.
And so it goes until March 15 when the votes are in and when Nicki Minai will hopefully show up on time for the live delivery of the actual results on "American Idol." After all, being late twice in a row may not bode well for Minaj's return to this high profile show when contract signing time comes around for next year.