Nicki Minaj Believes Rappers Don’t Belong on ‘American Idol’

The FOX competition’s new judge says, “I would never go on a show like this...”

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There’s an ongoing debate among viewers as to whether there’s a place for rappers on TV talent competitions — especially as they’re showing up on recent seasons of NBC’s The Voice and FOX’s The X Factor.

But, new American Idol judge Nicki Minaj doesn’t think there's a place for them on her show.

“I definitely don't think a rapper should be in this competition,” Minaj said at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The platinum album-selling Minaj says it all comes down to authenticity for hip hop artists. “The hip hop community wants you to be credible,” she explained.

“They want to know that you really went through a certain thing in your life. This is different,” the 30-year-old rapper continued. “With singing, people really don't care what you've necessarily gone through… But with rap, it's different. So I would never go on a show like this as a rapper, and I wouldn't encourage anyone else to come on as a rapper.”

For what it’s worth, Minaj’s fellow judge and sometime combatant, Mariah Carey, also says, “I personally would never have wanted to do this type of show.” But for the superstar diva, whose first album was released back in 1990, that decision would have been based on how ill-prepared she was for stardom as a young girl.

“I think I was a little bit shy and unpolished in the beginning in order to be on one of these shows, which, at that time, you would have had to be a little bit more showy and have your whole thing together,” Carey, 42, explains.

“Whereas, I just wanted people to hear me for my voice and for my songs that I was writing, and I didn't have very many clothes or outfits or things,” she continued. “So that part of the competition would have been out the window. I had my one black dress, my one pink dress. That was it.”

American Idol returns to FOX on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8PM.

Do you think Minaj is right in saying rappers don't belong on Idol? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Linnie
    Linnie

    To me rapping is also about having a unique talent for putting together words and tell stories, like a poet sort of, with a great sense of rythm and style... At least thats what I appreciate.. So a singing competition where hardly any original lyrics are done, I wouldnt be as wowed by a rapper because I wouldnt be able to see what they are REALLY about.

 
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