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Nicki Minaj says she’s not cray-cray, goes on American Idol and proves she is

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Nicki launched into some convoluted explanation of her nutty antics on Idol that had something to do with overcompensating because she had heard, and later felt, that Mariah Carey didn’t like her. So someone doesn’t like you, and you act like a nut-job so they really won’t like you? Nicki’s explanation and her behavior are cray-cray. May it please the court…

Nicki Minaj with pink hair


People like me who only saw images of Nicki Minaj but weren’t overly familiar with her work thought she may be a little left of center. Not to judge on appearances alone, but what is with all those f’d up pantsuits, wonky hats and Strawberry Shortcake wigs? She kind of looks like a demented cupcake.

Then, we got to know her as a judge on American Idol, and kind of grew to like her. So we dismissed the wack-a-doodle wardrobe as artistic expression. Now that we’re getting a taste of Nicki’s unorthodox behavior, perhaps the odd costumes and wigs are a sign of mild dementia. Even Joel Nemoyer, the contestant who laid down to sing his audition, thought Nicki looked like “cotton candy.” If a guy like Joel thinks your outfit is unusual, that might be a sign…

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Nicki Minaj is funny! But I’m still trying to figure out if she’s funny in a “great sense of humor” way, or funny in a “nuttier than a squirrel’s breakfast” kind of way. Last night she asked contestant Naomi Morris if she could have her bra. Kind of an odd thing to ask a stranger, but then, Naomi designed it herself and it was really cool.

I’m also still trying to figure out if Nicki crossed a line when she told two-time Idol contestant Candice Glover, “I’m obsessed with you. I want to skin you and eat you.” On one hand, this is the kind of crazy-a** sh** my sister says to make me giggle, but on the other hand, the fictional character Hannibal Lecter (who actually did those things to his victims) lived in a high-security prison with a wire cage on his face so he wouldn’t bite or eat people. If the producers of American Idol really want to make us laugh, they should have Nicki wear a wire cage mask on the next AI.

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Dissension in the ranks

Oh hell no! Randy Jackson did not just play the “just trying to help, 30 years, a little insight” trump card when Nicki accused Randy and Mariah Carey of scaring contestants with their labels. And Mariah did not just play the “I’m trying to help her as opposed to just talking about her outfit” card.

Of course I’m referring to the pissing match heard round the world last night after contestant Summer’s audition. You could tell it had been a long day when lovable, mild-mannered, well-behaved Keith Urban got a little b*tchy when Summer said she had “done the country thing.” Keith wasn’t impressed, and for the first time, we saw just a stitch of diva coming from someone other than the girls.

So was it just an extra-long day and Nicki was over it? Or was she annoyed that for the first time she didn’t monopolize the post-audition analysis? We’re sure everyone will issue statements about Wednesday night’s skirmish, and we’re equally sure that Nicki’s explanation will be crazier than her walking off the set.

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