Nicki Minaj has no problem with being honest.
There is no chance a male singer will win "American Idol" this season and, no, she hasn't had a "worst" moment on the Fox reality show this season. It's all good.
"I have been spectacular," the Grammy-nominated recording artist told TV writers in a teleconference Monday. "I am going to toot my own horn. And then my best moment is every single moment. I'm going to toot it again."
But just don't ask the singer of the multi-platinum single "Super Bass" and first-time "Idol" judge why she is known for arriving late for the show, including last week's live taping of the top 10 "Idol" finalists.
"... I'm going to pass on that question," she said curtly.
A female singer will definitely win this season, probably Kree Harrison, Angie Miller or Candice Glover -- three singers who have already made an impact, said Minaj, a Trinidad-born American rapper, singer, songwriter and voice actress who was also the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
"I think that, outside of their voices, they've just sort of won people over already, which I think is evident in just what I see on Twitter with my fans. You know those three singers have really, really made an impact not only with just a great voice that sounds like they should already be making albums but, for some reason, their personality seems to (attract) a lot of fans."
For many people, the addition of the singer to the judges panel on "Idol" this season was an introduction to an artist known mostly to MTV Video Music Awards viewers. Most didn't know she was featured on singles with Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Drake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Ludacris, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz and Alicia Keys.
"I'm just happy that 'Idol' producers gave me a shot on the show for me to be able to show who I really was because I feel like I'm every single woman," said Minaj, who is known for her unique styles, colorful wigs and a reported feud with fellow "Idol" judge Mariah Carey. "I really don't think outside of maybe some pink wigs that there is anything that separates me from every other woman in America, so I'm just happy that I was given the opportunity."
On the show, Minaj has been known to give contestants nicknames, like "Gumby," "Finger Licking Good" and "Ladybug." She also gives them feedback on more than their performance -- things she said they will need to know in the real world if they continue with a music career. But her comments weren't always appreciated.
"There were moments during the audition process that I would say to the producers 'I can't do this anymore because everyone is going to give a good critique and I'm going to be the only one being honest -- then America is going to hate me. I'm going to be seen as mean.' "
Would she come back for another season?
"I think people would rather be surprised," she said. "I like to save the mystery and the drama. I never give that away. ..." 'AMERICAN IDOL' When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays
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