Nicki Minaj may have agreed to join the panel on American Idol last year, but the rapper admits she had strong doubts when she was first offered the job.
The Starships singer will soon be appearing on our screens for the new season of the show, alongside new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, as well as regular face Randy Jackson.
But Nicki says she was unsure whether to accept the role as a judge in case it made her too well-known.
Explaining her doubts, she said: “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.”
Nicki finally said yes to joining the contest after Fox network’s president of alternative entertainment, Mike Darnell, persuaded her to come on board.
“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.’”
So what about her famous bust-up with Mariah during the auditions? Minaj says there’s no issues with her co-stars anymore.
“Sometimes things get heated for their own reasons,” she told Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t think the panel has an issue.”