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Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Cover 'The Hollywood Reporter'

Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Cover 'The Hollywood Reporter'

American Idol judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson take the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the judges, who shared the cover with host Ryan Seacrest, had to tell the mag:

Mariah, on deciding to do the reality show:
“I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. [Husband Nick Cannon] said I should do it because it’s the top, it’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’”

Nicki, on the stigma of being on the show: “[There's] a judgmental culture in hip-hop…sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? 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.”

Keith, on contestant’s desires to win: “It shouldn’t be about fame or money. It should be your calling. This is what you do. You don’t have a choice.”

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  • Penny

    They photoshoped half of mariah’s body away ffrom that picture. Who are they trying to fool?

  • Kizbit

    Can you PLEASE put Keith Urban in your American Idol headlines??? He is not some second-rate performer. He is a HUGE country music star. Stop ignoring him!!!!!!!!!!

  • bryn

    2 self-loathing black women with fake blonde hair

  • http://Comcast Teri

    OMG Just love Keith Urban. Keith has it all, enormous talent, good looking and just a very nice guy. Keith is kind to everyone, super, super man.

  • http://Comcast Pamela

    Headline should read Keith Urban cover The Hollywood Reporter. Keith is the person that will have the most people watching American Idol. Talented, lovely man.

  • http://Comcast Jennifer

    Cannot wait for American Idol show to start. Will be able to see Keith Urban every week. Lucky Nicole Kidman.

  • Daniel

    First of all, Mariah is not black… Her father was Venezuelan, a normal man with brown skin like any other Venezuelan man and her mother is Irish, just because her father’s mom was African American doesn’t mean she’s just black. Her real name would have been “Mariah Nuñez” if her father’s father had not changed his name. Carey is only “black” when it helps her to sell music.

  • fatal

    @Penny: Exactly-MeMe is unrecognizable as a photoshop cartoon characture of JLo-I think they shrunk her by about 30% overall and then shaved off the rolls-when MeMe stands next to Keith with 5 ” heels on he comes to about 2″ below her shoulder and her head is enormous at actual size

  • http://yahoo maynard

    Mariah may be receiving 30 mil (thanks to her manager, Randy Jackson), but w/o Urban this show would be sadly lacking. If you doubt this, look into what he did for a failing network in Australia last year. He went into their version of “The Voice” with little to no previous publicity and completely captivated the public, turning the show and network into the success of the year. If anyone is looking for a boasting show-off, it won’t be Urban, but for a good natured, sincere fellow looking for talent, he’ll be there.

  • fatal

    @Daniel: so true-if MeMe was sooo black then why did she run off whining and crying to Barbara Walters about hiring extra security to protect her children for Minaj’s alleged threats?? wouldn’t she go to Ophrah?? or when playing the snitchy game for attention can you even be considered as black-because that is more of a snarky back stabbing white pretentious snob thing-right? and why Minaj so appropriately tagged her “shady grady”?

  • Lolita

    Nicki is delusional. The negative criticism wasn’t just coming from the hip-hop community, it was coming from everywhere. You are completely unqualified to to be on this show and EVERYBODY knows it.

  • http://@AllAmerykhanBoy ROMAN718

    @Lolita: Not qualified to be on the show? The most successful female rapper in a decade doesn’t belong on the show? She has one of the biggest selling songs in America (1st female rapper to do so), Non stop hard work since 2009. Almost 50 appearances on the Hot 100 in 3 years. Sold out shows? Massive fan base? A voice for her Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgendered fan base? Theatre major in school? Broke female rap records. Collaborated with the biggest names in music. Madonna, Jay -Z, Usher, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West and more. I think she has every right to be on that panel as everyone else. She’s been rapping since she was 11 took it seriously at around age 17-19. Released 3 mixtapes prior to her debut album release (Pink Friday 2010). Play Time Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008) and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

  • Sarah.

    No way I’m watching that. Nicki is too ridiculous. If only Mariah was a judge on another show.. I want to see how she will do as a judge.

  • Louise

    I have never watched AI in the past, but because Keith Urban is a judge I will watch. Keith must have patience beyond; how can he tolerate thos e two disgusting female judges that will be working with him on Idol. Keith will be the star of the show.

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  • BlackMafia

    75% of jury is black!!!
    and someone is saying there is no black mafia there.

  • hmm

    Even among white women we dont have so many blonds like we have them about black singers.LOL

  • http://Comcast Teri

    Keith Urban YES YES Keith is soooo talented, I will be looking forward to seeing him in action on American Idol. Hope we get a glimpse of his wife (Nicole Kidman) once in a while also.

  • x

    Warning for Keith Urban – Do not mention your wife on American Idol. Do not let your wife appear backstage or in the audience. Nobody likes your wife and that is why nobody wants to see her movies. Do not let her interfere. Leave her be on her latest film set and just get on with being your talented self.