Why didn’t you perform tonight?
Nicki Minaj: Well, I had already committed to the Billboard Awards to perform my single, and so I wasn’t allowed to perform on “Idol” and perform on Billboard. And also I was supposed to premiere my “High School” video on “Idol,” but they said it was too risque.
Do you think Candice was the right singer to win?
Nicki Minaj: Absolutely. Absolutely. I predicted that she would win, so someone owes me money. But I think that Candice is like the real — I hate using “Cinderella story,” but it kind of feels like that since we saw the video of her last week going home and we saw her family and her community. And it just felt like, “Oh my God.”
And then her voice has always surpassed everyone, every night. And I’m so happy that America got it right and did this based on true talent.
To be completely honest, I think all five of our girls in the Top 5, I think that they all are going to have big careers if they want it. But Candice deserved to win.
Are you working on anything new?
Nicki Minaj: Yes, I’m working on new music for my Barbs. I have tons of features about to come out, and then in July I’m working on my official third album.
Will you be returning to “Idol” as a judge next year?
[At this point, Minaj’s people declared that question time was over — sorry!]