American Idol 2013: Nicki Minaj concerned about fame

American Idol Nicki Minaj

American Idol judge Nicki Minaj was worried about becoming too famous after appearing on the show.

The rapper, 30, deliberated over taking the job as she thought it would make her even more publicly known.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”

And fellow American Idol panellist Mariah Carey also took time to consider taking the job but decided to do the show after getting advice from her America’s Got Talent presenter husband Nick Cannon.

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She said: “I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. [My husband Nick Cannon] said I should do it because it’s the top. It’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’

“I know everyone’s like, ‘We can’t have schmaltzy answers’. Well, guess what? Some people still want to be inspired. Some people need to have that kind of validation and to feel like, ‘If this person did it, then I can’. And I do have one of those stories.”

American Idol starts in The States on January 16 and will move from ITV2 to 5* in the UK this year.

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