Nicki Minaj 'Intimidates' 'American Idol' Alum Colton Dixon (VIDEO)

The Season 11 finalist weighs in on the FOX competition’s new judges.

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If viewers think the new American Idol judges’ panel for Season 12 will take some getting used to, imagine what it’s like for the show’s past contenders.

“I was really sad to hear when Jennifer [Lopez] and Steven [Tyler] left,” Season 11 contender Colton Dixon tells Celebuzz at the recent American Idol premiere in Los Angeles.

“I think they’ve done a phenomenal job of filling those huge shoes,” he continued. “I think it took three people to fill those shoes.”

Dixon, who placed seventh last season, says he’s a big Keith Urban fan and that he’s “stoked” for Mariah Carey. But, he’s still dealing with his feelings about Nicki Minaj.

“I still haven’t put my finger on Nicki Minaj yet,” the 21-year-old reveals with a laugh. “She still intimidates me a little bit.”

Dixon hopes to be added to the list of Idol contenders who didn’t win but still made it big, including Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry, among others.

“You get so much exposure, it’s up to you what you do with it,” Dixon, whose debut album drops on Jan. 29, tells us. The album will be in Dixon’s wheelhouse, Christian music, but he says that what he’s doing isn’t really represented in the musical genre.

Watch our full interview with Dixon above.

American Idol premieres Wednesday at 8PM on FOX.

How do you think Nicki Minaj will do on the panel? Are you looking forward to Colton Dixon's album?

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