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4 January 2013, 09:48
The 'Starships' rapper fears the reality series may harm her hip-hop credibility.
Nicki Minaj has confessed that she is afraid of becoming "too famous" when the new series of American Idol airs later this month.
The 'Pound The Alarm' star told The Hollywood Reporter that she is still "surprised" she agreed to sign up for the music reality show as she pondered how it may harm her credibility in the hip-hop world.
"There's a judgmental culture in hip-hop where sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it's almost, like, is that even cool?'," she revealed. "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."
The rapper admitted she spoke to numerous individuals before finalising her decision to appear on the new series.
"I had a lot of talks with people - my family, my best friends, my label, Lil Wayne, management and then the producers,' the singer admitted.
Nicki signed up alongside new panelists Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and was involved in a heated exchange with her fellow female star during auditions in North Charlotte last year.
The pair have since attempted to downplay the incident, and Mariah added: "Sometimes things get heated for their own reasons. I don't think the panel has an issue."
British producer of the show Nigel Lythgoe confessed that the publicity surrounding the row may have helped fuel anticipation for the new show.
"Personally, I'm not over the moon that it happened. But if you asked me, as a professional, is it good for the show? The answer would probably be yes," he said.