There are only eight contestants left on this season’s “American Idol,” and judge Nicki Minaj decided to take a moment to reflect on her time as a judge on the show.
The beef with Mariah? No. The early criticisms from Steven Tyler and T-Boz? Nah.
Nicki says everything has been great–especially her performance.
“My best and worst ‘Idol’ moments? I don’t have a worst ‘Idol’ moment. I’ve been spectacular. Yes, I am going to toot my own horn,” she said during a conference call with media. “And then my best moment is every single moment. I’ll toot it again. … I feel like my entire career and life, I’ve been judged by people who did not really know me. I definitely think that they probably were right to assume what they had assumed about me, because there was such little to go on out there. I’m just happy that ‘Idol’ producers gave me a shot on the show and to be able to show who I really was, because I feel like I’m every single woman.”
“I am absolutely just being me. I didn’t know what to expect going into the show. I was so nervous. I had a lot of anxiety,” she added. “I definitely play with my fans and speak to my fans as though they’re my friends, and that’s why I started giving the contestants nicknames. I can’t be someone I’m not. I can’t do it. And so I’m happy that people are responding well to it. If I’m polarizing, I’m polarizing. I don’t know but I definitely didn’t have a pre-conceived notion of who I was going to be on that panel. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I feel like people have gotten to know the real me.”