With AMERICAN IDOL adding new judges for Season 12 with diva Mariah Carey, country crooner Keith Urban and rap-pop princess Nicki Minaj, the show is going to be more eclectic than ever.
At today’s Fox’s Winter TCA 2013 session, Minaj even discussed what being a judge on IDOL means to her and how serious she takes it.
“Even up until the last day, before I had to sign the contract, I was still not a 100 percent sold,” says Minaj. “AMERICAN IDOL is so big, you can’t do this unless you commit fully. I realized I made a lot of difficult choices in my career and I’m never going to get the opportunity to be this big and to reach middle America. I didn’t have anything to lose. It’s something I’ve watched since the first season, it’s an incredible show and you really have a chance to create a superstar and I wanted to be a part of that.”
That said, Minaj says she won’t really be looking for a rap AMERICAN IDOL given her background, and she doesn’t feel this is the format for that kind of star.
“With singing, if it’s a great song, they’re going to love it,” says Minaj. “Rap is different. I would never go on a show like this as a rapper or encourage someone to come on this show as a rapper. If you want people to see you as an authentic rapper, you wouldn’t do it. It’s not a rap competition. When I got [on this show], I [was hoping] they didn’t try to do that, because I was on the show. America likes that this is an honest singing competition.”
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