Nicki Minaj is worried that being too famous might make her less ‘cool’. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Minaj, along with the other American Idol judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, discuss their stints on the show and what they learned from it.
Minaj discusses being on the show, saying, "[There's] a judgmental culture in hip-hop. Sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it's almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person. I'm still surprised that I decided to do it."
Mariah Carey discusses taking the position of a judge on the show, saying, “I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. He [her husband, Nick Canon] said I should do it because it's the top, it's the cream of the crop. And I felt like, 'Do the show that's produced massive stars who have had major careers.' I know everyone's like, 'We can't have schmaltzy answers,' Well guess what? Some people still want to be inspired. Some people need to have that kind of validation and to feel like, if this person did it, then I can. And I do have one of those stories."
Keith Urban also opens up about his goals for the show, saying, “I like helping artists get rid of the cheesy crap around them that they haven't yet figured out they don't need. I wish I had more of that. I had to learn a lot of it myself."