Minaj gave herself the high marks during a conference interview with reporters earlier in the week. When asked of her best and worst moments, the 30-year-old drew a blank. “My best and worst ‘Idol’ moments? I don’t have a worst ‘Idol’ moment,” she proclaimed. “I’ve been spectacular. Yes, I am going to toot my own horn,” she said. “And then my best moment is every single moment. I’ll toot it again.”
If it sounds like she has a big head, it’s partly warranted. While Idol ratings are far from stellar, Minaj has gotten mostly positive reviews for her judging skills. “I am absolutely just being me. I didn’t know what to expect going into the show,” she explained. “I was so nervous. I had a lot of anxiety. I definitely play with my fans and speak to my fans as though they’re my friends, and that’s why I started giving the contestants nicknames. I can’t be someone I’m not. I can’t do it. And so I’m happy that people are responding well to it. If I’m polarizing, I’m polarizing. I don’t know, but I definitely didn’t have a preconceived notion of who I was going to be on that panel. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I feel like people have gotten to know the real me.”
No decision has been announced on if she’ll be asked to return next season, but reportedly, Idol producers aren’t interested in keeping her on board.