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March 15th, 2013
Nicki Minaj threatened to leave American Idol last night when contestant, Curtis Finch Jr., became the next hopeful eliminated from the singing competition. This is just the latest American Idol-related drama by the rapper, who began this season with an infamous verbal fight against fellow judge, Mariah Carey.
“If you go home, I’m going home,” Minaj told Finch Jr. when it was announced that he received the least amount of votes. The judges had the option of voting to keep him in the competition. This is a power they can only use once a season. If the votes are unanimous, the contestant gets a second chance and stays for another week.
Unfortunately for Curtis Finch Jr., the odds were not in his favour. The panel of judges, which includes veteran, Randy Jackson and country singer, Keith Urban, did not come to an agreement. Upon hearing the bad news, Minaj mouthed the words, “wow” and “bye” to her fellow judges and stepped off of her chair as if to quit.
Minaj’s agreement to participate in the show was surprising considering how time consuming it is. You wouldn’t expect a current top artist to make such a commitment, but her status is exactly why she was cast. For a show on its twelfth season, it needed to make changes in order to stay relevant. Casting Minaj as a judge was an obvious attempt to attract the young demographic who listen to current mainstream music.
Based on her antics on the show so far, she was also cast for her unpredictability. Minaj’s bold personality has made the news for all the wrong reasons, but I doubt the producers will replace her. This show has always used its on set drama to attract viewers, most recently using footage of Minaj’s fight with Mariah Carey as promotion for the Season 12 premiere.
Minaj’s headline-making antics on American Idol are just another reminder that in showbiz, any publicity is good publicity. What are your thoughts on Nicki Minaj as a judge this season so far? Let us know in the comments below.Tweet