Before she became a judge for American Idol’s 12th season, rapper Nicki Minaj was a longtime fan of the show and even felt inspired to whip out her own phone to vote!

During the recent Idol press conference in New York City, Nicki revealed, “I remember watching American Idol in the first season and feeling inspired.”

She talked about seeing what the Idol experience can do for someone’s career first-hand after running into Season 6’s Jordin Sparks, whom she helped vote into the winner’s circle.

“I spoke to Jordin Sparks the other day and here she is starring in a movie and I said to her, 'I remember watching you and picking up my phone,’” Nicki recalled. “I told her that, 'you know you're a part of history, kind of because I remember calling and seeing your face and being inspired and hearing your story.’”

Nicki added that she’s “really down” for finding “talent” during her time on the show.

Source: GigWise

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