Why Nicki Minaj joined 'American Idol'

Posted at 09/19/2012 12:44 PM

International pop star Nicki Minaj joined "American Idol" because it is a "credible brand."

The "Starships" singer -- who was recently confirmed as a judge on the talent show, sitting alongside Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban on the panel -- claims she had offers from other singing and reality shows but went for "Idol" as it has so much history.

She said: "This is such a credible brand. It's really serious, it's real deal it's not anything else other than really looking for talent. If I can be a part of that I'm really down for it."

Minaj said she has always been a fan of the show -- which is now entering its 12th season -- and remembers when Jordin Sparks won the sixth series.

Speaking at the "American Idol" press conference, she said: "I remember watching 'American Idol' in the first season and feeling inspired.

"I spoke to Jordin Sparks the other day and here she is starring in a movie ['Sparkle'] and I said to her, 'I remember watching you and picking up my phone.'"

"I didn't vote for her because my brother liked the other guy, but I told her that, 'You know you're a part of history, kind of. Because I remember calling and seeing your face and being inspired and hearing your story.' " -- Bang Showbiz