“My best and worst Idol moments? I don’t have a worst Idol moment,” the 30-year-old rapper said. “I’ve been spectacular. Yes, I am going to toot my own horn. And then my best moment is every single moment. I’ll toot it again!”
I appreciate the honesty. I like to look into the mirror sometimes and make faces of mock surprise, like I’m nominated for an award I never thought I’d win.
Minaj, who showed up 13 minutes late for the first live show of season 12, explained that she’s stayed true to herself since auditions began in September 2012. She also acknowledged that her candid commentary doesn’t always sit well with contestants, viewers or even her fellow judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson.
“I didn’t know what to expect going in to the show. I was so nervous. I had a lot of anxiety. I felt like, ‘Okay, I know everybody’s just going to hate me,’” she recalled. “There were moments in the audition process that I would say to the producers, ‘I can’t do this anymore. If everyone is going to give a good critique and I’m going to be the only one being honest, then America is going to hate me. I’m going to be seen as mean.’ And the producers said, ‘Nicki, trust us, America is going to appreciate the honesty.‘ And that’s all I had to go on.”
Her honesty is definitely entertaining. And at least she can be somewhat honest with herself and realize when it’s time to get a new stylist.
“When I’m laughing on the show, I’m genuinely laughing. I can’t come up there and pretend. I just can’t do it. I can’t be someone I’m not. I can’t sit there with a phony smile on my face; I can’t do it. I’m happy that people are responding well to it. I mean, if I’m polarizing, I’m polarizing! I don’t know. But I definitely didn’t have a preconceived notion of who I was going to be on that panel.
When asked if she’d return for the FOX show’s thirteenth season, the “Pound the Alarm” rapper refused to give a direct answer. “I like to save the mystery and the drama. I never give that away, but you know what? I always say this — and I mean this from the bottom of my heart — the people behind the scenes at Idol have been a dream to work with and I really, really honestly mean that. [FOX exec] Mike Darnell took a chance on me. Nobody else understood it. They were like, ‘Nicki who?’ and he took a chance on me. He believed in me. His daughter and his wife believed in me, and so I’m just super grateful to have been given the opportunity.
I like when people can acknowledge that they were lucky to get a job, that they didn’t just slide into it.
Have you been watching? What do you think of Miss Minaj?
March 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Nicki Minaj recently fired her entire style team in an effort to be taken more seriously as an artist, and since she’s turned over that new leaf, the first move in her career as totally legit musician is to post four photos of herself in a barely-there bikini on her Twitter page for all her Barbz to see. Because nothing says “take me seriously” like showing a little T&A, am I right?
The shots are from her upcoming video for a track called ‘High School’ with Lil’ Wayne. That’s all the info we’ve got, but given the nature of the photos, I think we don’t really need any more, do you? I can’t hate on Nicki’s body, because she looks good and she’s obviously empowered, yada yada. Still, I can’t help but wish the whole “let it all hang out” phenomenon for female pop stars could be over, like, yesterday.
Here are all the shots from the video so far.
March 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Jane Lynch is hilarious and amazing, so it’s no surprise that she knows all the lyrics to Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ and that she felt the need to bust out into song while appearing on Conan earlier this week. The only thing wrong with this is that they should have let her sing the whole thing.
When Conan joked that Jane must have lots of opportunities to sing the song in her everyday life, she responded: “Absolutely. I have all of these skills now that are just going to get me so far… And they don’t expect it from a 6-foot white lady.”
March 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
It was only 6 weeks or so ago that Nicki Minaj‘s wig guy exited stage left over “creative differences”, but now she’s gone and fired her whole style team in an effort to be taken seriously instead of seen as a real-life escapee from a Dreamworks animated film.
From The Sun (via Metro):
“Nicki is desperate to be taken seriously as an artist.
“She’s fired her long-standing hairdresser who has been responsible for some of her crazy hairstyles over the years. She’s also fired her stylist.
“Nicki feels that now she’s done with American Idol she can finally be taken seriously and release a proper hip-hop album.”
Well, Nicki isn’t “done” with Idol considering the live shows haven’t even started yet, so that sort of puts a damper on the veracity of the story to begin with. But let’s go with it. So let me get this right: Nicki Minaj has suddenly realised that a grown woman who lives in latex body suits and has flourescent hair might be seen as more of a novelty act than a high brow artiste and she actually cares about that?
Sorry, I don’t think so. Nicki Minaj’s whole “thing” is that she doesn’t really give a shit what anyone expects of her and is quite happy adorning herself in all manner of baubles and shit as a form of experimentation within her artistry, which spans not just hip hop but also dance and straight pop. Is she nuts? Yes, but not because of this, and there’s no way she would suddenly think that no one takes her seriously because of it (and if they did, she’d tell them to f-ck off).
On the other hand, as she does inch closer to 30, she probably will naturally want to tone it down but that’s just because we change and get more comfortable with ourselves than we were in our younger years, blah blah. She probably did fire her style team, but just because she’s a diva, not because she’s not feeling her hot pink wigs anymore.
March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Jennifer
Jennifer Hudson took a break from updating her thinspiration tumblr and trying to shrink her head down to match her body size this week to let the world what she thinks of the new panel of American Idol judges. My guess (because it’s my own opinion) is that she loves Mariah Carey, who’s a legend, thinks Nicki Minaj is clinically insane/really annoying and couldn’t give two shits about Keith Urban because all she knows is that he’s Nicole Kidman‘s husband and used to be an alcoholic.
Well, what do you say – am I right? Do I win the special prize?
Via The Daily Mail:
When it comes to the new judges on American Idol, the show’s most famous daughter, Jennifer Hudson, isn’t going overboard with praise.
‘It’s taken a bit to get used to the new judges. I come from American Idol, so I’m used to seeing Simon, Paula and Randy,’ she explained about the latest season during an interview on Live with Kelly & Michael on Friday morning.
‘So now it’s new faces, and to me, [Cowell, Abdul and Jackson] represented the show. It’s kind of awkward for me to see it with new judges.’
They’re ‘awkward’: Jennifer Hudson isn’t keen on the new American Idol judging panel, save for Mariah Carey, she told Kelly and Michael on Friday. But she did have some kind words for diva of divas, Mariah Carey.
‘Well, I’m happy that [Mariah Carey]‘s there because she’s a singer, so she knows what to expect, how to judge, even the position that the kids are in when they’re auditioning,’ she said.
But when asked about Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj – both successful artists, both singers – she could only respond with a vague, ‘Ummmm, yes.’
Listen, Idol has been dead in the water for at least the past three seasons and throwing the biggest stars in the world on that panel is not going to save it. Let it die, Fox. Mariah’s head is soon going to inflate too big to fit in the door, Nicki is going to go full-blown schizophrenic and Keith will be driven to return to drink. I don’t know what the hell Randy Jackson is going to do. Probably end up homeless on the corner, begging for “food, dawg“.
February 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
I am sorry, but Nicki Minaj is just the worst. She really is. There was the time that she threw a fit because the grass outside of a dressing room was too long to walk on. And that time that she told her own fans that they should “eat shit and die.” And that time that she and her boyfriend yelled awful things at a maid and then pushed her around. The. Worst.
She’s so bad that her hairstylist and wig guy, Terrence Davidson, decided to quit. Here’s his statement:
“I’ve decided to step away as hair stylist and wig creator for Nicki Minaj. It has been an amazing experience offering me a chance to express my creativity and exhibit my love for the art form of wig design.”
Nobody from Nicki’s camp has commented on this yet, but I don’t really think this is a great situation. I mean, just think of how great of a position this guy was in. He has a love for wig design, and he worked personally for Nicki Minaj. Can you think of anyone else that famous who wears that many innovative wigs? Because I sure can’t. But he gave it up. Probably because Nicki is the worst.