Nicki Minaj on American Idol "I don't want to be a part of a show that's cheesy and corny"

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From TV Guide’s report from the American Idol Hollywood Week press day, a little insight into the kind of judge Nicki Minaj will be:

TV Guide Magazine: What’s your style of judging?
Minaj: I try to use comic relief. Everybody wants to come in there talking about “inspiration.” Ugh! That’s not real to me. Maybe I want to know what color socks you have on ­because that’s going to spark something in you. Nobody says, “I want to inspire the world and I am going to stand on the mountaintop!”
Jackson: Ryan says that every day.
Minaj: Hell-o! It’s the real world! I don’t want to be a part of a show that’s cheesy and corny. My role is to bring some sort of a twist so that [singers] don’t come in here with these cliché answers all the time. Today when we were judging, there was this one little boy that everyone thinks is really cute — and he is — but that cuteness started irritating me.
Carey: When he suddenly became Mr. Showbiz! He became that kid who took his raw talent and turned it into an Off-Off-Off-Broadway play.

Nicki sure knows how to pull focus. No wonder Mariah is bitchy! The press is just going to eat her up.

Keith Urban was a coach on The Voice Australia. Why he thinks American Idol is a better fit for him.

TV Guide Magazine: Keith, you left a judging gig on Australia’s The Voice to join Idol. Why is Idol the better fit?
Urban: The fact that it’s given birth to legitimate artists, not just people that were popular that season and then faded away. In a lot of cases, those who didn’t win — the Daughtrys, the Adam Lamberts — have gone on to sell ­records and have real careers. There was the credibility factor I really loved.

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  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Too late. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I don’t want to be a part of a show that’s cheesy and corny.”

    lol Too bad Nicki didn’t watch Idol before she signed up to be a judge.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I don’t want to be a part of a show that’s cheesy and corny.”

    lol Too bad Nicki didn’t watch Idol before she signed up to be a judge.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    It’s frightening how much Nicki and I think alike :/

    I wonder if she was talking about David Leathers Jr, since he was all Mr. Steal Your girl nonsense last year. I like Keith and Nicki’s realistic approach to judging. I feel I’m going to agree with them more this year than Randy and Mariah. Hopefully, based on comments alone, this bunch won’t coddle as much as JLo and Steven did. I’m tired of sunshine and flowers comments. 

  • Chicagolaw

    Isn’t Nicki herself a little cheesy and corny? (and there is nothing wrong with that, it obviously is working very well for her in the pop world)

  • Miz

    Oh, the irony! I look at the photo and there is only one person who sticks out as ‘cheesy and corny’. Guess who, Nicki!?!

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Haha Keith has those Idol talking points down!

  • mmb

    She doesn’t want to be on a show that is cheesy and corny?????  Has she ever seen the show??? lololol

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    I’m really looking foward seeing what she brings to the table

  • Lovesyesha

    One thing I think Nicki has going for her, especially compared to all other female judges that have appeared on idol and other reality shows, is that she already has this persona built up in the sense that people are not going to be surprised when she says things that are “bitchy”. For me, Nicki is the wildcard on the panel right now, and I am looking forward to seeing what she brings to the table. Hopefully, she follows through with what she says and can be realistic when judging these contestants. I have a feeling I am going to love her and Keith on the show. I just wish they had gotten rid of Randy and had a three person judging panel…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Nicki’s on the wrong show then if she doesn’t think this show is cheesy and corny. lol

  • Listening

    I wouldn’t say Nicki is Cheesy and corny more crazy, wild, and
    aggressive/assertive. I’d describe Idol as predictable, melodramatic, entertaining
    w/ flashes of greatness.

    I think they’re both good for each other not that either of them needs help. Idol will get Nicki in the public eye more while she lends Idol a freshness and a spark. Many are curious what she’ll add to the mix. I mean just looking at her you can tell things are different and her personality/vibe is different from any judge ever on the show she’s just some never seen before variety that’s spicing up the show.

    I can’t wait to see how this season goes, i’m excited. For me Idol is still the best out of all the singing competitions in regards of talent and producing results.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    “I just wish they had gotten rid of Randy and had a three person judging panel…”

    It’s becoming more obvious that Randy made a deal with Idol execs by bringing in Mariah so he could stay as a judge, because now I’m sensing more than ever Randy will serve as a mouth piece for TPTB. He really is the one the producers will depend on to speak for them.

  • MV007

    “Everybody wants to come in there talking about “inspiration.” Ugh! That’s not real to me. Maybe I want to know what color socks you have on ­because that’s going to spark something in you. Nobody says, “I want to inspire the world and I am going to stand on the mountaintop!”
    This is absolutely great to hear.  This is something that all of these reality shows need to cut out.  I don’t know about the socks part, but I’d love for someone to call out these contestants when they say things like they want to inspire people.  If you sing a great song with emotion, the inspiration will take care of itself.  Of course, every judge on every panel has always talked a good game before the show starts and then the live shows begin and they lose all the ability to “judge”.  I’ll believe Nicki is different when she shows me on the live shows.

  • Axxxel

    I did  not follow American Idol well, but didn’t they say that the judges Jennifer L. and Steve T were great during the auditions but different during the live shows ?

    I would not be surprised if Nicki once in a while will give comments that are cheesy and corny… because that is how American Idol is…

  • http://twitter.com/fourrats Sherry

    I love American Idol.  And yes I enjoy a healthy serving of “cheese” with it.  Part of its charm.  Not a fan of Nicki Minaj.  I hope she surprises me.  4 judges is too many.  Remember the days with Simon, Randy, Ellen and Kara.  There was so much showboating (Kara – cough!) that there wasn’t enough time for the CONTESTANTS.  And I’m sure there will be no showboating with Ms. Minaj  :P

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Minaj — or any of the judges — stick a pin in the hot air balloon that is all the sanctimonious talk about “why I want to ‘share my gift with the world’.”

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    So what’s Nikki going to say on the week that the theme is “Inspirational songs”? Cause you know it’s coming!

  • SullyD

    ” there was this one little boy that everyone thinks is really cute — and he is — but that cuteness started irritating me.”

    I love this woman.

  • SullyD

    double post.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    I’ve heard from multiple sources Nicki will probably be the breakout judge on the panel, which will probably irk Mariah to no end.

    That said, I love that Keith said what he did, because at the end of the day its true.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    “I don’t want to be part of a show that’s cheesy and corny”

    Then Nicki, what the hell are you doing on American Idol?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Believe me, Mariah, the ‘cheesiness’ and the corniness want even less to be a part of you.

  • CB40

    “I love this cheesy show.” MJSBIGBLOG :)

    I think Nicky is awesome, and way hipper than Steven and J-Lo combined. 

  • mtlfan2

    if so i hope she will influence the list of songs they are given throughout the show!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    “I don’t want to be a part of a show that’s cheesy and corny.”

    lol Too bad Nicki didn’t watch Idol before she signed up to be a judge.

    How do you do the cross-out words thing? I swore it was . Oh well.

    Anyway, agree with this sentiment! But I’m kind of interested to see how Nicki Minaj tries to make it not cheesy and corny.

  • Larc

    I agree with Nicki.  I definitely don’t want her on a “cheesy and corny” show either.  Most especially since Idol is one.

  • Larc

    How do you do the cross-out words thing?

    Not del, but strike.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Oh, Nicki.  Part of the Idol’s charm is the cheese.  

  • BonnieDee

    Don’t like her.  Probably won’t watch this year.  

  • blackberryharvest

    Shouldn’t it be about the contestants and not the judges? I don’t watch for the judges. Besides, regardless of what you think of her in real life, she may end up being a good judge. I would give her a chance before judging her. See you in a week! :)

  • BonnieDee

    That’s exactly it.  It should be about the contestants and they have decided to focus it on Minaj insted.  I’ve seen two promos so far, both focused on Minaj.  Then there’s all the BS with her and Mariah.  I have no interest in watching all of that.  

  • Karen C

    I think I’m going to like Keith Urban as a judge.   He seems to understand it is all about the contestants.
    Using comic relief like Nicki Minaj says could possibly become making fund of contestants.  Hopefully for the contestant’s sake it doesn’t turn into this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7ONFIPRVLCRMCWWSYTZW7O7J4 IvanG

    They can’t really make anything about the contestants yet, can they? 

  • blackberryharvest

    They want to promote their shiny new panel. Their format makes it about the contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Nicki Speaks the truth.

  • BonnieDee

    Yes they can.  They can show clips of the contestants.  They don’t have to make it about Minaj.  One of the promotional clips shows Minaj disrespecting Mariah Carey.  That is not what I want to see.  

  • standtotheright

    Part of the Idol’s charm is the cheese. 

    I am willing to bet that the vast majority of viewers who really love the cheese are the viewers that Fox is willing to sacrifice to get more of the demo. I am also willing to bet that most of the viewers who don’t love the cheese are the viewers who are actively looking for recording artists most seasons (not just a speshul snowflake tv paramour to stan over) and show up for album number two.

    Personally, I’ve always found the cheese cringeworthy and it’s led me to always tubing performances instead of watching real time or event DVRing. If Minaj can cut through Lythgoe’s Lawrence Welk-ian mawkishness, then I upgrade to DVR. If she can convince the network suits to excise the goofiest variety show stunts, then I might even go to watching live occasionally.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Well, after tonight I don’t think Idol will be the least boring.  They will probably focus on the judges the first week or two, but the contestants need to be more of a focus as the season goes on.  I am excited about the premiere!