Nicki Minaj vs. Britney Spears? Rapper Says: I Turned Down ‘X Factor’

Nicki MinajIt’s becoming regulation for music competition shows to hire female pop idols from the ’90s and early naughts to act as judges: Idol has Jennifer Lopez, The Voice has Christina Aguilera, and The X Factor is securing a spot for one Britney Spears. But apparently, The X Factor had some more contemporary figures in mind when it was considering new blood. Nicki Minaj has announced that she was asked to join the series as a judge.

Minaj told ITV that Simon Cowell, producer of the The X Factor franchise and all-around swell guy, approached her with the possibility of signing on to the American incarnation of the series. The eccentric pop/hip hop star revealed, “I think we both decided together that it wouldn’t work out. I think it was the best decision.”

With Minaj’s still-blossoming music career, as indicated by the success of her newest album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was the choice to turn it down a smart move? Perhaps, though a Minaj-influenced X Factor would have been an incredibly entertaining show and the program isn’t likely to falter with Britney Spears at the helm. Although, some would disagree.  How about you?


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.