In other news:
Here’s what Nicki and Mariah had to say about being approached to do the show:
Mariah: “I was on the fence about the whole thing”. “I got approached by all the shows”. “But he [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: “I had a lot of talks with people — my family, my best friends, my label, Lil Wayne, management and then the producers”. But in the end, it was Idol exec Mike Darnell who got the ‘yes’ out of her. “He was so lovable and made me feel so comfortable and confident. He kept saying, ‘I promise we’re going to protect you; you’re going to love it, we’re a big family.'”
Nicki then added:
“There’s a judgemental culture in hip-hop where sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool?
I never pictured myself as that type of person. I’m still surprised that I decided to do it.”
The new issue of the Hollywood Reporter is currently on newsstands, and the new season of “A.I” airs on January 16th at 8 p.m. on Fox.