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'American Idol' Producer Nigel Lythgoe Wants Nicki Minaj Back For Another Season

April 2nd, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe says he wants Nicki Minaj back at the judge's table - and is unsure how Justin Bieber would benefit the show.

In an impromptu chat with a TMZ cameraman, Nigel said, "By me, [Nicki Minaj] certainly will be [returning]." Minaj has had to fight off criticism from fans, eliminated contestants, and even fellow judge Mariah Carey. 

Minaj had previously threatened to leave the show when complaining that her favorite contestant was on the chopping block. She also said she has been a "spectacular" judge. She told US Weekly, "My best and worst Idol moments? I do...
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Nicki Minaj Tells Slighted 'American Idol' Contestant To 'Be Gracious'

April 1st, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has gotten into a feud with one of the eliminated contestants on American Idol for not using her judge's save to keep him on the show.

Devin Valez and his group's rendition of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," was met with disgust by Minaj. "I’m gonna act like I didn’t see that or hear it," Minaj said before ordering them off the stage. Velez was later eliminated.

"When she went crazy — when she was like 'get off the stage, blah blah blah' ...  it's just like 'Whoa, Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down please,'" Velez told Billboard.com. "She could have been upset...
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Nicki Minaj Tells The Guys To 'Get Off The Stage' As 'American Idol' Tackles Motown

March 28th, 2013 7:17pm EDT
American Idol
This week on “American Idol” the eight remaining singers perform the songs of not just Motown but of the Motor City Detroit. Joining Jimmy Iovine to mentor the singers is the Grammy Award winning legend Smokey Robinson who gave the Idols a master class in Motown and then joined Jimmy in the studio.

Along with the eight solo performances, the Idols will join together for some group acts.

Candice got the night started with the Marvin Gaye hit “I Heard it Through the Gapevine” in a performance the judges called 'really good', 'great', 'in control', and 'fantastic.'

Kree and Janelle joined f...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Lot Of Stalling On Motown Night With Top 8

March 28th, 2013 11:04am EDT
Janelle Arthur on AMERICAN IDOL
There’s one thing very certain about this season so far. It’s not that a girl is going to win. It’s not that the competition is stacked in the female’s favor. It’s not that this is the worst season for talent since the Jordin Sparks year. It’s none of that. No, the biggest certainty this year is that Mariah Carey is the worst judge on this show since Ellen.

It’s not that what she says is wrong. It’s that she doesn’t say anything. The hardest part about writing this column this season is trying to pick a sound byte out of Mariah’s insipid ramblings. She just never comments on the contestant...
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Nicki Minaj Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction On Set Of Latest Video, 'High School'

March 21st, 2013 8:01pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj tweeted a few photos of herself in a very revealing one-piece swimsuit from the set of her new video last week, and now a full behind-the-scenes video from the set of "High School" has been released.

The two-and-a-half minute clip features the singer having a wardrobe malfunction and falling out -- literally -- of her fluorescent green one-piece while in a jacuzzi, but not seeming to care much about it as she casually dips under and puts her parts away.

"This jacuzzi is fun!" She exclaims, inviting everyone to join her. "Get in, crew, get in!"

Fans hoping to get a glimps of N...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Girls Dominate Again On Beatles Night

March 21st, 2013 12:52pm EDT
Amber Holcomb
There’s a lot to be excited about based on last night’s ‘American Idol’ and it doesn’t have anything to do with the members of the final nine.

Why would we care about them when we get to see a brand new song by Carly Rae Jepsen in just a short two months time? We even get to help her write the lyrics. And if her entire album (yes, there is one) is any indication of the types of songs this Canadian pixie likes to record, then aspiring lyricists should mention the previous evening and their desire to either kiss or hold hands with a potential lover. It’s all set.

Sadly, that news couldn’t b...
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Nicki Minaj Launches New Special Edition Pink Friday Fragrance

March 20th, 2013 11:30am EDT
Nicki Minaj
Building upon the initial success of her debut fragrance, Pink Friday, megastar Nicki Minaj will launch a new fragrance, Pink Friday NICKI MINAJ Special Edition this April – just in time for spring!

Pink Friday NICKI MINAJ Special Edition is a potion of luscious fruits and berries wrapped with lighthearted florals and a sultry blend of caramelized pear and sheer musk. The tempting top notes of grapefruit, juicy apple and white raspberry playfully intertwine with refreshing floral notes of water lily, honeysuckle and star jasmine petals.

“My fascination with changing my look is a way to ex...
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Rumor Patrol: Jennifer Aniston's Wedding, Justin Bieber V. Lindsay Lohan, More

March 17th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Jennifer Aniston's Wedding: Jen is getting married in Hawaii... or in Pennsylvania at her Grandmother's House. Jen is purposely waiting for Angelina Jolie to announce her wedding date so she can have hers on the same day.

Verdict: All False. As with any celebrity wedding, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux' nuptials are a big focus in the tabloids. Jennifer's rep told RumorFix she isn't getting marrie...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits + Power Rankings

March 15th, 2013 11:49am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits
One week in and the producers’ definitely got their wish.

This season it’s very apparent that the creators of ‘Idol’ and all concerned behind the scenes are desperate to get off the Cute Guy With Guitar treadmill and finally get a female back to the top of ‘Idol’ mountain for the first time since Jordin Sparks beat that beat box guy so many years ago.

The producers only had one real problem in their quest for a winner without a Y Chromone: Curtis Finch, Jr. – the best male singer by far. His smooth soul voice and slick stage presence may have been enough to spoil the ladies’ party, and th...
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Nicki Minaj Threatens To Quit 'American Idol'

March 15th, 2013 9:28am EDT
Nicki Minaj got a little emotional when her favorite act on 'American Idol' was sent home on March 14.

The 29 year old "Starships" singer/rapper, who is currently on the judging panel of season 12 of 'American Idol' alongside Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, was shocked and angered when her favorite contestant, Curtis Finch Jr, was eliminated from the show.

"I definitely think Curtis should not be in the bottom two. I mean, I love Devin [Velez] but I think that Curtis, if you look at every one of his performances, I mean - come on, America, are you kidding me?" Nicki  complain...
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Nicki Minaj Feels 'Naked' Without Her Pink Lipstick In New Make-Under For ELLE Magazine

March 14th, 2013 9:32pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj shows her sexy curves in the April issue of ELLE magazine, showing off her more natural side with very little makeup and none of her crazy wigs.

The American Idol judge, who was 15-minutes late for a live show Wednesday night, says she felt "naked" for the shoot.

"When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I'm so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it's hard," she says. "I feel that it's become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol' crazy lashes- you know, nothing – I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a rea...
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'American Idol' Recap: Candice And Angela Own The Top 10

March 14th, 2013 12:18pm EDT
Curtis Finch, Jr. performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Tonight should have been the ‘American Idol’ producers’ dream come true.

Was every performance spectacular? No. Did they manage to book a huge special guest? No way. Did Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell reveal they’d secretly been having an affair this entire time? Not even that.

No! Nicki Minaj was late! That means they had the opportunity do what this show does best: fill, Fill, FILL!

The possibilities were endless. Ryan could have recited a poem about each contestant, Randy could have seen how many women he could call “dude” consecutively, Keith and Mariah could have a competition to sa...
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Nicki Minaj Reveals Major Cleavage In Hot Tub Pics From New Music Video

March 13th, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Nicki Minaj swimsuit
Nicki Minaj has posted some behind-the-scenes photos from her upcoming music video "High School," and they are hot!

In the sneak peek pics on Twitter, the "American Idol" judge is wearing a barely there bright yellow monokini. The rapper/singer bares her bathing body in a hot tub while gazing saucily over her shoulder.

She also flaunts her famous tush, but the most revealing photo is from the front where she shows off her tiny waist and ample cleavage.

Rapper Lil' Wayne is collaborating on the new track, but a release date for the video hasn't yet been revealed.

Earlier this month, Mi...
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'American Idol' Recap: Power Ranking The Top 10

March 8th, 2013 12:07pm EST
American Idol Top 10
This year will be ‘Idol’s’ hardest to handicap in half-a-decade. Without a cute guy playing an acoustic guitar poorly on which to rely, this year’s power rankings promises to be as topsy as it is turvy. In other words, this should be the most exciting completion in years, if it weren’t for the fact that there isn’t really a standout performer that’s worth feeling excitement about.

Oh well, at least it will be changeable.

But before we get to the power rankings, there’s the matter of last night’s 90-minute results show travesty to discuss. Even worse, one recappers ill-fated decision to wa...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. Stands Out In Top 10 Men Semi-Final

March 7th, 2013 12:07pm EST
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. The Only Standout In Top
The guys of this season’s ‘American Idol’ need no introduction, mostly because they don’t deserve an introduction. They’re just a bunch of mediocre talents with one standout. None of whom the producers particularly want to win.

So who was the best of the worst? Read on to find out.

Elijah Liu Sang “Stay” by Rihanna

Keith Said: I thought that was a really great start to the show.

Nicki Said: I think I would be willing to stay.

Randy Said: It never left first gear. It just lay there flat.

Mariah Said: I liked this a lot. I felt it was one of your better performances.

The Verdict:

He...
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'American Idol' Recap: Semi-Finals Go Live With Top Ten Girls

March 6th, 2013 11:11am EST
Breanna Steer performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL
It’s clear this year that the producers want a girl to win. They’re craving it. They’re desperate for it. They’re so in need of a girl to snap the cute guy with guitar streak that there isn’t even a cute guy with a guitar to be seen this year! Or even one with much talent.

That leaves last night’s performers with the staunch task of justifying the producers’ stacking this season’s lineup in the females’ favor. So who answered the producers calls and who left them hanging?

Let’s find out, shall we?

Zoanette Sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Tina Turner

Keith Said: I love the way y...
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Nicki Minaj 'Never' Had Surgery On Her Face, Doesn't Mention Butt Implant Rumors

March 1st, 2013 6:30pm EST
Nicki Minaj
With her ever-changing looks it's difficult for fans to decipher whether Nicki Minaj has had any plastic surgery. Particularly, it's been rumored she's had a nose job. The pop star recently came forward to set the record straight.

"I've never had surgery on my face," she told "Extra." "When people see my makeup they think all types of crazy things that I'm doing to my skin, but it's makeup."

It's no surprise the "American Idol" judge claims makeup helps transform her look. She recently teamed up with MAC to greate the VIVA Glam makeup line. That's one way to sell it to fans!

She didn't a...
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Heidi Klum Let It All Hang Out At Elton John's Academy Awards Viewing Party

February 25th, 2013 9:30am EST
Heidi Klum
Several celebs who were unable to get into the Academy Awards did the second best thing - they attended the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center.

Heidi Klum made quite a statement in a gold beaded dress that revealed massive cleavage. We think her low-cut gown may have crossed the line just a little bit. Rapper Nicki Minaj also showed off her curves in a white strapless mini dress.

Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, looked elegant in a simple white gown with a cut out in the back. "Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev also stunned in a...
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Nicki Minaj 'Not Worried About' Grammy Awards Snub

January 31st, 2013 5:27pm EST
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is adamant she wasn't upset when she failed to score a single Grammy nomination this year, because the awards are not a "big deal."

The Starships hit-maker received three nods last year, but wasn't included in the shortlist for the upcoming 2013 ceremony.  Nevertheless, Minaj insists she would rather boast a sell-out tour than another trophy for her mantelpiece.

She tells the Associated Press, "I think that the Grammys had a different reason (for not giving me a nomination), that I do not want to discuss... and that's just between me and them. But I respect their organization...
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Nicki Minaj Walks Off 'American Idol' After Feud With... Randy Jackson?!

January 24th, 2013 3:03pm EST
American Idol
Last night was supposed to be the American Idol episode we were waiting for: Nicki Minaj would finally have her spat with Mariah Carey. However, instead we got her argument with a different judge.

Soon after taping started on the new season, a video was leaked of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey getting into a shouting match after a contestant's tryout. 

So when promotions for the upcoming episode hinted at Minaj fighting and leaving the set, we figured we were finally going to see the infamous showdown. Instead, we got Nicki walking off set after getting angry with Randy Jackson.

Jackson wa...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Blow-by-Blow of Nicki vs. Mariah

January 24th, 2013 7:59am EST
AMERICAN IDOL
And here’s when it all went down.

It took nothing more than a girl to say she used to sing country music to turn Nicki Minaj into a rambling crazy person. Well, even more of a rambling crazy person than she normally is. I wasn’t anything like that to be the moment that spurred the fight that dominated tabloids back when they filmed these auditions, but apparently Ms. Minaj can’t deal with constructive criticism…directed at others.

Let’s backtrack. A pretty girl with a pretty voice and the pretty name Summer (see more below) came in for her audition and mentioned she sang country music for...
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'American Idol' Recap: New Season, New Judges, New Fighting

January 17th, 2013 9:34am EST
AMERICAN IDOL
This year’s ‘Idol’ is going to be a battle of the producers vs. the publicists.

The constant bickering and fighting between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey is likely to cause both parties to emit fluids. While the publicists sweat, hoping that their clients will stop making themselves look bad and possibly alienate an America that doesn’t want to see rich people fight for no reason and be unpleasant, the producers are salivating. Their mouths watering at the prospect of a season that renews a judge rivalry extinct since Simon and Paula stopped yelling at each other almost five years ago.

The...
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Nicki Minaj Talks Mariah Carey Fued On 'Ellen': 'I Overcompensated By Being Crazier'

January 15th, 2013 4:03pm EST
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj revealed that one of her defense mechanisms is getting crazy, which is why she exploded at Mariah Carey in an infamous American Idol video.

While talking to Ellen DeGeneres on her show, Minaj said she didn't believe all of the rumors over Carey being furious about her hiring. However, it didn't take long for Minaj to feel "a little bit of the shade."

Nicki responded to Carey by getting "crazy," telling Ellen, "I just kind of overcompensated by being crazier. If you know somebody maybe doesn’t like you, now you’re going to really go in... it’s like a defense mechanism, it’s r...
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Nicki Minaj & Hairstylist Split!

January 11th, 2013 11:20am EST
Nicki Minaj
Talk about a hairy situation! Terrence Davidson, Nicki Minaj's hairstylist for the past 3 years, has decided to leave Nicki due to "creative differnces." That's right, all of those crazy wigs and rainbow styles, Terrence was the mane man. He even went as far to release an official statement which you can find below. Hmmm, I wonder how Nicki will feel about this one!

“I would like to inform the media and supporters that I’ve decided to step away as hair stylist and wig creator for Nicki Minaj. It has been an amazing experience offering me a chance to express my creativity and exhibit my lov...
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Nicki Minaj Warns Rappers To Stay Away From 'Idol'

January 10th, 2013 3:38pm EST
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has warned aspiring rappers not to take their chances on American Idol because she is convinced hip-hop fans need "credible" and "authentic" stars.

The rapper/singer has joined the panel for the latest series of the TV talent show alongside Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and longtime judge Randy Jackson.

However, Minaj is adamant fellow rappers should not be included in the competition and urges aspiring hip-hop stars not to bother auditioning for the show.

During a press junket this week to promote the latest series, Minaj told reporters, "This is definitely not a rap competit...
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Nicki Minaj & Adam Levine To Launch Clothing Lines At Kmart

January 10th, 2013 10:57am EST
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is expanding her empire by launching her own fashion collection at Kmart.  The rapper will unveil apparel and accessories at the store and on ShopYourWay.com.

The deal is similar to one fostered by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who is also developing his own lifestyle brand.

Minaj released the following statement: I am so excited to work with this iconic, mass retailer and to bring affordable fashion to my beautiful barbz (fans) all across the U.S."

Both Minaj and Levine's clothing lines are expected to launch later this year.

Minaj and Levine may be united for Kmart but th...
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Nicki Minaj Reveals Her Favorite 'American Idol' Contestant

January 9th, 2013 5:02pm EST
Nicki Minaj at her Christmas Extravaganza
The new judges for American Idol met the Television Critics Association today. Nicki Minaj is one of three new judges replacing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, and though the show is only in audition stages, Minaj described one of her favorite acts.

“Nobody else thought she could sing,” Minaj said. “Big Crazy Baby, Obama girl. No one else thought she could sing and I kept on hearing she had potential. Everyone saw her as a crazy character and I can relate to that because when you have a crazy outgoing character, people don’t see your talent. By the time we were in Hollywood, they said, ‘Y...
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Mariah Carey Talks Nicki Minaj Feud And 'American Idol'

January 9th, 2013 9:38am EST
Mariah Carey singing at the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefell
When Fox presented a panel on American Idol to the Television Critics Association, many reporters wanted some dirt about the reported feud between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The singers assured reporters they had mended fences, and didn’t want to go into detail. Carey herself preferred to focus on the Idol contestants.

“The whole thing is convoluted,” Carey said. “It’s a distraction from the show and from the contestants and I think it’s unfair to them. It shouldn’t be about any of us sitting up here.”

Carey has collaborated with Minaj in the music world as well. “Nicki and ...
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Nicki Minaj Shows Off Her Bumpin' Booty In A Tight, Black Lace Dress

January 9th, 2013 8:30am EST
Nicki Minaj
The TCA Winter Press tour is always chock full of celebrities. The Fox network held its all-star party at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, Calif., and new "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj showed off her curvy figure in a tight black lace dress.

The hip hop star's co-judge and frenemy Mariah Carey did not attend the event.

Minaj has admitted she was reluctant to join "American Idol" because she feared becoming too famous. She recently told the Hollywood Reporter, "Sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it's almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessi...
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5 Celebrities Who Could Have Used Some Bra Advice From The 'Double Divas' On Lifetime

January 5th, 2013 10:00am EST
Hayden Panettiere
Have you ever had, or witnessed, a bra-tastrophe – when something goes totally wrong with a bra? It's just another thing that women have to manage while getting dressed every day. Celebrities try to avoid wardrobe malfunctions, but they happen all too often, and unfortunately the public can't keep their eyes off the trainwrecks.

Hayden Panettiere attended the Golden Globes HBO after party in 2011 wearing a blue dress that showed off just a little more than she intended - her pasties. Oops! Although she tried to avoid showing off her nipple, it seems like she needed a little professional he...
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