“It’s very strenuous if you’re not ready for it,” says Minaj, of taping “Idol”. “When I did my first taping I thought we would be in there for two or three hours. Then the sun started going down and I realized I should bring a camping bag and some pillows. I was just like, ‘Ah! What did I sign up for?’ It was crazy.”
As for the so-called “feud,” Minaj says:
“It was just two big ol’ divas I guess. I was just sitting there and I guess before I went in there I heard all the stuff that was being said [about Mariah not liking Nicki on the panel], but I didn’t believe it.
I went there and I kind of started feeling a little bit of like the shade and I overcompensated by being crazier. You know if someone doesn’t like you, now you’re like really gonna go in and show – hey. It’s a defense mechanism. You compensate with being crazy.
I can’t hold a grudge against Mariah Carey. I’ve looked up to her for so many years, since she came out … I don’t knwo if she’s gotten over it, but I have. I’m cracking up laughing and having fun. Is she still holding a grudge? I don’t know, I can’t care.
You know what, I’m not looking forward to live shows … I cannot trust myself. Just like if there’s a comment being made. I just want it to go well. It’s about the contestants, we got a lot of great talent. I don’t want anyone on the panel to say something crazy ’cause I don’t want to look like a crazy psycho again. I’m not a crazy psycho, you guys!”
Should be a lot of fun. “American Idol” premieres Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.