Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Photo: Nicki Minaj Attends the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party

American Idol 2013’s most controversial judge, Nicki Minaj, loves all of the ladies in the Top 5, but she absolutely believes Candice Glover deserved to win Season 12. In a post-finale press interview, Nicki explains why she didn’t perform on the American Idol finale and says she knew Candice was going to come out on top.

We thought you were going to perform...

Well I had already committed to the Billboard Awards to perform my single and so I wasn’t allowed to perform on Idol and perform on Billboard [sighs]. And also I was supposed to premiere my “High school” video on Idol but they said it was too risqué. Anyway…

WP: Do you think the right person won?

Absolutely. Absolutely. I predicted that she would win so someone owes me money but I think that Candice is like the real – I hate using Cinderella Story but it kind of feels like that since we saw the video of her last week going home and we saw her family and her community and it just felt like “Oh my God.” And then her voice has always surpassed everyone…every night and so I’m happy that America got it right and did this based on true talent. To be completely honest, I think all 5 of our girls in the Top 5, I think that they all are going to have big careers if they want it but Candice deserved to win.

Are you working on new music?

Yes I’m working on new music for my Barbs. I have tons of features about to come out and then in July I’m working on my official third album.

Are you coming back?

(Gives a little shoulder shrug and a curious grin and exits the stage.)