Even though her episodes have yet to hit the airwaves, Nicki Minaj’s addition to the “American Idol” panel has already been one of the competition’s more polarizing decisions during its decade-plus history.
Fans of the aging singing competition were vocal about what the entertainer -- known for bawdy, razor-sharp raps, colorful wigs and eye-popping garb a la Lady Gaga -- could bring to the panel, especially after the ballyhooed signing of pop diva Mariah Carey.
Online commenters questioned her ability to offer credible criticism to aspiring singers, given her hip-hop background, while others felt she shouldn’t be on a panel with an industry veteran such as Carey. Talk of Minaj’s “adequacy” came to a head in a leaked, expletive-laced argument between the two.
Whatever the opinions are about Minaj, she made one thing clear to reporters Tuesday morning at the TV press tour for "Idol" in Pasadena: Don’t expect her to push for more rap on the show.