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American Idol

Nicki Minaj Admits She Thought American Idol Might Make Her “Too Famous”

American Idol has certainly evolved over twelve seasons into the still-relevant (read: huge) show that it is today, but there’s no denying that the ratings have begun to slip. That’s why the powers that be are always reinventing the show so as to edge out other quickly encroaching shows like The Voice.

Of course, the last few seasons have taken heat for their focus on attracting mega stars to sit at the judges’ table. Some people (we’re talking to you, Clay Aiken) have implied the show has become all about the judges and what they want to get out of it for their own careers.

For her part, Nicki Minaj was worried that the show might do the opposite for her credibility. Before accepting the Idol judging gig, the rapper was concerned she might become too well known to still be legitimate.

In a lengthy feature in The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming season of Idol, Nicki explained that there’s a “judgmental culture in hip-hop,” adding that “sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accesible, someone you see on TV every week.”

Still, she seems pleasantly surprised that her career has led her to legendary singing competition.

“I never pictured myself as that type of person,” Nicki said. “I’m still surprised that I decided to do it.”

Do you think she’ll regret her decision to join the show?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

01.4.2013 / 08:30 PM EDT by Tiffany Wan
Related: American Idol, Nicki Minaj, American Idol Season 12

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