Nicki Minaj Pledges 'Respect' For Mariah Carey
Star says she looked up to fellow American Idol judge when growing up...
Speaking to Access Hollywood, R&B star Nicki admitted that they both had strong personalities but insisted on her respect for Mimi.
She said: "Mariah's a legend and I just want to say that… I'm sitting next to a woman who I've looked up to since I can remember enjoying music. My mother and I bonded to Mariah and I told her that, before even American Idol."
But she sounded a little less sure as she continued: "Ultimately, there's respect there and I think if nothing else, it'll make for really great TV."
And on the show in general, she commented: "It's fun. People are gonna laugh and people are gonna have a lot of fun… we just laugh ultimately at everything."
UK fans will be able to see the show on Channel 5's 5* next year, it has been announced.
It has been on ITV2 since 2002, but is switching to a new home next year - when it will be screened in the same week as in the US.
Mariah recently denied that she and Nicki had been feuding already.