“American Idol” viewers have seen their share of outrageously odd and pitch perfect contestants during the audition segment of the show over the years. However this year it is “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj that is making the shows memorable.
The audition portion of “American Idol” usually gets people talking about two kinds of contestants: those who are tremendously talented and may vie to win it all, and those who are stick in viewers minds for reasons all their own. What “American Idol” fan will ever forget the original song, “Pants on the Ground” (lookin’ like a FOOL with your pants on the ground!) or William Hung’s now infamous version of Ricky Martin’s, “She Bangs.”
Yet this season, it is perky pastel princess Nick Minaj that steals the show. Minaj isn’t trying to hog the spotlight – clearly that is Mariah Carey’s gig with her constant yammering – she just naturally draws viewers in.
At first glance of the judges each audition, viewers can’t help but be drawn to Nicki Minaj’s unique presentation – her hats, her make-up, her hair all takes a few minutes just to digest. Yet Minaj pulls every crazy get-up off like a true fashion diva.
As each day of auditions begins, you never know what Nicki Minaj might say, but her heart is kind and her comments are quizzically entertaining.
Nicki Minaj has developed a pension for giving contestants nicknames; perhaps this was destined – Nicki the queen of “nick”names, which have since been coined “NickiNames.” Though her favorite is clearly “Ladybug” other unique NickiNames include Mushroom, Finger Licking Good, and Gumby. The three year old daughter of a contestant saw fit to turn the tables and give Minaj a nickname of her own, Dun Dun.
Meanwhile, flanking Nicki Minaj at the judges table are usually Keith Urban and Randy Jackson, giving for the most part succinct practical commentary. Mariah Carey, on the other hand, seems to speak just for the sake of hearing her own voice. Carey clearly feels she has a wealth of valuable information while Minaj, like many viewers, find her chatter less than entertaining, and bordering on annoying.
When Mariah Carey gets going and viewers begin to yawn, Nicki Minaj does her share to keep things interesting. Minaj began with the basic eye rolling, but last week when Carey and other judges went on and on overthinking, and over discussing, whether contestant Summer Cunningham was really a country singer, Minaj just couldn’t take it anymore and stormed out.
As Nicki Minaj exited the judges table, Randy announces, “Nicki’s mad! She’s walking out!”
Was Nicki Minaj mad? Possibly, but she was probably also aware that the nit picking by her fellow judges was likely causing viewers to reach for their remotes, and Minaj does what she can to keep the show interesting.
As with every season of “American Idol” there will likely be some real talent that begins to dominate discussions around the water cooler. However at this point, the show is fortunate to have Nicki Minaj on board as a judge who brings a high level of wit and entertainment value to the table.
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