Nicki Minaj 'Worried About Getting Too Famous'
Rapper reveals her reservations about taking American Idol job...
Nicki Minaj has revealed that she was concerned about becoming too famous by taking her job as a judge on American Idol.
The rapper confessed to The Hollywood Reporter that she had misgivings about becoming a genuine household name by appearing on the hugely popular US reality TV show.
She said: "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 her co-judge (and arch-frenemy) Mariah Carey also admitted that she'd taken some persuading to accept the job.
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."
The show begins transmission in two weeks' time - and will be shown on 5* rather than ITV2 in the UK this year.