As an unlikely candidate for a judging position on the series, Nicki Minaj’s decision to join ‘American Idol’ is sure to have come as a surprise to any unfamiliar with her entire body of work.
For, by way of her ‘animated’ style, many seem to question how qualified the Rapper is to judge fresh talent.
Now, she has explained why she joined the show, and how ‘Sparkle’ actress Jordin Sparks influenced her decision to do so.
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On joining the show’s 12th season she explained:
“I remember watching ‘American Idol’ in the first season and feeling inspired.I spoke to [season 6 winner] Jordin Sparks the other day and here she is starring in a movie [‘Sparkle’] and I said to her, ‘I remember watching you and picking up my phone’.
Because my little brother was more obsessed over the Blake person because he was like, more, you know, hip-hop, whatever. But I told her [Sparks] 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’.
This is such a credible brand.It’s really serious, it’s real deal it’s not anything else other than really looking for talent. If I can be a part of that I’m really down for it.”
Minaj is reportedly set to earn a cool $12 million per season, and will hit US screens in the New Year.