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Minaj: Lil Wayne made me join Idol

Lancashire Telegraph: Nicki Minaj said Lil Wayne encouraged her to take an American Idol judging role Nicki Minaj said Lil Wayne encouraged her to take an American Idol judging role

Nicki Minaj has revealed that Lil Wayne persuaded her to sign up to be a judge on American Idol.

The feisty and flamboyant rapper sits on the panel alongside new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, with original mentor Randy Jackson for the US singing competition.

"I knew it was going to reach the masses and it was something that wasn't expected of me and I always like to do things that people wouldn't believe that I would do," she said.

"The producers were really sweet and I asked a lot of people I really cared about if I should do it and the last person that I asked was Lil Wayne. He said 'Absolutely do it' and that was my last thing where I found peace with it, so I did it, I signed on the dotted line."

Nicki joked that contestants should try to catch her attention - by stripping off.

"Flash me. That would make me remember a person," she quipped, adding: "One boy in particular took off his shirt and was trying to be all sexy."

The new season of American Idol premieres on 5* on January 17.

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