Singer Nicki Minaj has revealed how she almost turned down the chance to appear as one of the new judges, for the new season of American Idol. Nicki says that she was not sure whether she wanted to have that sort of fame and coverage, where she is seen on television every week.
Minaj told The Hollywood Reporter, “I had a lot of talks with people - my family, my best friends, my label, Lil Wayne, management and then the producers. 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.”
Despite her initial doubts about becoming a member of the new look American Idol judging panel, Nicki was eventually persuaded to join the show by Fox network's president of alternative entertainment, Mike Darnell, “He was so lovable and made me feel so comfortable and confident. He kept saying, 'I promise we're going to protect you; you're going to love it, we're a big family,’” said Minaj.
Nicki Minaj is not the only new member of the American Idol judging panel for 2013. While Randy Jackson is returning for yet another season, the new judges to join the show also include Mariah Carey and Keith Urban. The new season of American Idol is set to premiere later this month.