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'American Idol': Why Was Nicki Minaj Late?

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Mar 13, 2013 | 8:34pm EDT

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When American Idol began Wednesday night, fans of the reality series were left to stare at their TV sets, wondering, in true Nicki Minaj fashion, "O-kay?" For the judge, who has become both beloved and maligned for her brutal honesty and bedazzled fashion sense, was nowhere to be found at the beginning of the telecast.

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Eventually — though the audience at CBS Television City was not informed the judge would be late prior to the telecast — Minaj showed up 15 minutes late, with Ryan Seacrest blaming traffic. Minaj seemed to confirm Seacrest's claim on Twitter:

Like we said, o-kay, Nicki. We'd love to believe you, but "traffic" is far too simple an excuse for a star as extravagant as you. (Even though, as our Hollywood.com source within the theater tells us, you apply your own makeup while Mariah Carey boasts three make-up artists.) So why was Nicki really late? We have our own guesses. Which do you think explains her tardiness? Vote below!

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