Nicki Minaj hasn’t officially signed on to be the newest judge on American Idol, mind you, but it’s apparently not that far off. Everyone, including People, is reporting that she’s in negotiations to join on for next season. And I … well, I’m not sure how I feel about that. It seems sort of odd because Nicki is still relatively new to the game, she doesn’t need to revive her career like Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler or Mariah Carey or essentially anyone else who has ever been a judge on American Idol. Plus, she gets on my nerves so bad, and I’m really not looking forward to hearing so much more about her. Oh, and she’s also bananas. But good choice?
According to Idol‘s other new judge, no, not so much. And as for the other new judges, well, who even knows what’s going on with that:
Nicki Minaj may well become a judge on “American Idol,” but it will be at the expense of Mariah Carey, who we’re told hung up the phone when she was told Nicki was the top candidate.
Sources connected with “Idol” tell TMZ … Mariah was led to believe she would be the only woman on the judge’s panel. Choosing Nicki would not only crush that expectation, it would add insult to injury because Nicki (29) is a lot younger than Mariah (42).
As for the composition of the judge’s panel, we’re told by no means is it a done deal. There are 2 scenarios being played out. First, it’s unclear if Randy Jackson will come back as a judge or a mentor. If he leaves the judge’s panel, there will be another spot to fill.
The second scenario … we’re told some of the honchos believe it’s a mistake to have 2 women and a man on the panel, and a 4th male judge would be necessary.
As for who’s still in the running, we’re told Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are leading the pack.
And there’s one other thing. Sources connected with the show say they’re worried … if the judge’s end up being Mariah, Nicki and Randy … middle America might not welcome the blackout.
You know, now that I’ve had some time to mull it over, Nicki and Mariah might be a pretty good match. They can both be catty divas, and wouldn’t it be great to see two catty divas competing for the spotlight on a show where they’re not supposed to have the spotlight? And then Randy could hang out and do his awkward laugh, and maybe Enrique could be on the other side, talking quietly about his tiny penis. Yes, this might be a very good idea after all.
August 21, 2012 at 7:30 am by Emily
From Hollywood Rag:
Nicki Minaj demanded the grass outside her dressing room at T in the Park be cut shorter.
The ‘Starships’ hitmaker refused to walk around her private area at the Scottish music festival last weekend because the lawn had not been trimmed sufficiently and insisted someone tackle the greenery before she would step outside.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Nicki went mad about the grass around her area, saying it was far too long for her to walk on.
“She threw a complete strop, pouting and pointing and asking someone to get a lawnmower to sort it out.”
Nicki – who is also said to have made the same demand at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend festival in London last month – was later blasted on twitter by a fellow performer at the annual music event, which took place in Balado Park, Kinross.
Singer Frank Turner tweeted: “You can (I suppose) be a d**k to your own crew, you’re paying them. But everyone else? Not to mention the people out front. Ugh.
“To clarify: Nicki Minaj has been a selfish s***head to all the hard-working crew backstage at T. Pathetic. F**k off.”
The rapper also angered the crowd as when she eventually made it onto the stage 50 minutes late; her 30-minute performance was booed by fans after she appeared to be miming for much of it.
One fan said: “We were buzzing for the gig and it turned out to be a total joke. Disaster doesn’t even describe it.”
It’s always been fascinating to me to think about how people get this way. Like, Nicki Minaj actually thought that forcing someone to mow the grass outside of her dressing room because it was too long to walk on would be an acceptable thing to do. How is that possible? How do you have a dream job where you get to do what you’ve always wanted to do and get paid insane amounts of money for doing it and still act that way? I would imagine that it would be the opposite, that you’d just be stoked on your whole life every single day, but it seems like that’s rarely the case. And of course I get having bad days, but during the worst day possible, I can’t imagine being this rude to another human being.
What I’m saying is that for the amount of money Nicki gets paid, she can suffer through some tall grass, quit your bitchin’, walk it off, etc., etc.
July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Emily
For a while there, I thought that Nicki Minaj was pretty ok. Her music doesn’t really appeal to me, but remember that time that she made friends with Susan Boyle? And remember that time that she showed up on Ellen’s show to surprise those two little girls who sang “Super Bass” and told them to stay in school? Those were really sweet moments, and I can still appreciate them for what they’re worth.
But anymore, you guys, Nicki Minaj can just go suck an egg.
It all started last week when Nicki deleted her Twitter account. There was a fan site of hers that was posting her music for free, which she didn’t appreciate, and so she tweeted “Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f-cking bye,” and then deleted her account. At the time, I think I rolled my eyes a little over the dramatics, but it wasn’t a ridiculous thing to do: I’m sure I’d get upset too if I worked hard on something and someone ripped it off.
But then she went on the Graham Norton Show, and ugh. This is the same interview where she talked about how grossed out she was when Madonna kissed her, but she talked about so much more. For example, here’s this little gem she gave about her Twitter deletion:
“A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did,” she explained. “I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me. I reply all the time and get to know them by name and I have a really personal bond with them…not all 11 million, but at least 10 of them a day.”
A voice in her head told her to delete her Twitter. This is what auditory hallucinations are doing these days. Telling pop stars to delete their Twitter accounts. I can’t, you guys. I think that quote stands all on its own.
But then she went on to talk about herself in the third person and hint that she was considering quitting music:
“People aren’t even giving the kid props for taking it back to the essence… This is my fourth mixtape, really,” she said. “The kid did like that so she could feed her fans. But really, now the kid is thinking maybe she should leave the game.”
The gossip blogger is thinking that the kid needs to stop trying so hard. The gossip blogger rolls her eyes for days when people like the kid pull stupid stunts like this in attempt to get headlines. Also, the gossip blogger understands that if she feels that way, she shouldn’t be talking about the kid in the first place, but the gossip blogger just gets so annoyed that she can’t help but vent.
Is that how that works?
April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am by Emily
“She kissed me but I didn’t kiss her. I wasn’t expecting it and I was shocked. I was shaking, thinking, ‘Is this really happening, why is she doing this?’”
Nicki Minaj on the “famous” Super Bowl kiss from Madonna that I didn’t even realize was happening because I was too wrapped up in the general suckitude that was Madonna’s Super Bowl performance this last time around.
Nicki appeared on the Graham Norton show, where she was asked how she felt about Madonna slithering up to her and laying one on her when she least expected it. Needless to say, Nicki was not pleased, and Madonna clearly didn’t realize that it wasn’t 2003 and Nicki Minaj is no in-her-prime Britney Spears. Also, Madonna is gross.
Now that you mention it, I’m kind of marveling at how Madonna could go ahead and call M.I.A. “teenager” for flipping the bird on national television, when she thought it was totally OK to go ahead and attempt a sexual assault on Nicki Minaj on the damn stage and not fit the whole scheme into that “teenager” box she so valiantly speaks of. Because the last time it was “cool” and “cutting edge” to suck face with a chick just to thrill others or freak them out was back in high school, and last I checked, most people who are in high school are teenagers. In conclusion, it’s nothing short of creepy when it’s someone who can really kind of be your mom.
On the real, I kind of hate you, Madonna, not only because you’re MADONNA ffs, but also because you went and made me talk about Nicki Minaj for the sake of bashing you. It’s a double-edged sword, that one, and I’ve gone and impaled myself on it so it can all just be over already. Thanks.
April 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Sarah
Seriously, comparing these two ladies would be like comparing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera: where do people even come up with this stuff?! Every single singer is unique and special and – just like a snowflake! – no two of them are even remotely alike.
Oh, and Nicki would like to know as well:
“Offends me, no. Irks me, yes,” Minaj said when ABC’s Juju Chang asked if the Lady Gaga comparisons do, indeed, offend the similarly flamboyant hip-hop star. “We are in completely different lanes.”
“First of all,” the “Super Bass” artist said defiantly, “I’m a rapper. I’m from southside Jamaica, Queens. I could say some really crazy lyrics right now, but I won’t. Why don’t I turn the cameras around and ask you?”
So, Chang, not wanting to point out that Lady Gaga’s a native New Yorker, too, mentioned that they both wear wigs.
“Wigs?” Minaj retorted. “Every female in this game—every female in this game—wears wigs.”
Um…the clothes, then?
“Over-the-top costumes?” she replied skeptically, making a buzzer sound. “Try again!”
Despite her aversion to being compared to Gaga, however, Minaj had kind things to say about her fellow star.
“Gaga’s a fantastic artist, you know, she paved her way,” she added. “She’s opened her own lane. But I think that I have my own lane, and we never cross. Ever. So, you know, I really don’t get the comparison anymore. Our music doesn’t sound the same. Our stage presence is not the same. I just can’t see the similarities.”
I can see where she’s coming from with some of this. They do have very different music, from the bits I’ve heard from both of them (Gaga doesn’t have any secret rapping talents, does she?), but that’s about it. As far as I know, and correct me if I’m forgetting anyone, but Lady Gaga was the first wildly popular lady in a hot minute to wear truly wacky costumes not only as part of her performance, but as a part of her entire persona as well, and Nicki Minaj is the only other popular lady I can think of who consistently does the same thing. Sure, Katy Perry‘s fashion can get a little out there every now and then, but for the most part, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj are the only ones close to each other in terms of crazy clothes. Right?
And do you think it’s really true that “every female in this game wears wigs”? My goodness, you guys, I’m just getting so disillusioned these days.
April 10, 2012 at 11:30 am by Emily
“What are you, a lawyer?”
…is my third-favorite line from Rushmore, and I love saying it to people. If I ever said it to Nicki Minaj, though, she would probably punch me because, two things:
1) Nicki Minaj is not a lawyer.
2) Nicki Minaj totally wanted to be a lawyer.
In this month’s Vogue, my favorite space alien is all greened-up like a Star Trek character, and she is freaking hot, OK.
And then there is this quote:
A huge part of me wanted to be a lawyer! I would do a really good job as a prosecutor.
When Nicki Minaj says it, man, I believe it. She is terrifying.
Like if Nicki Minaj were a Law & Order character, she would win every time. She would just strut in, put her hand on her hip, and go, “The prosecution rests, your Honor,” and everyone would be like, “We are ready to render a verdict in favor of whatever Nicki Minaj just said.”
There isn’t much to say about Minaj’s personal life—not only is this an article about highfalutin fashion, the fact is, Minaj won’t spill:
She currently lives in a condo in L.A., where she moved for the weather but also to escape “some bad memories.” Though she declines to divulge much about her personal life, she readily admits to snuggling up in hotel beds, unwinding after a performance by watching Forensic Files and Judge Judy. Minaj insists she’s terrible at small talk and never goes out much, except for the occasional foray to a favorite restaurant. “I went to Negril the other night, and I brought, like, ten of the fans who were waiting outside with me, and bought them all food!”
See, I totally admire this. I am a chronic gushy oversharer—I am beginning to think my condition can’t be helped—and I admire Minaj’s tight-lipped discipline. But she’s also one of those pop stars I know nothing about and that is fine. Like, I really don’t even want to know more than she is willing to tell, because I love her blithely and unconditionally, you guys.
(Image filched from ‘Vogue’ by way of ONTD.)