Nicki Minaj Leaving 'American Idol' to Focus on Her Music
Nicki Minaj Leaving 'American Idol' to Focus on Her Music
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
On the heels of Mariah Carey's news that she's vacating the American Idol judge's chair, Nicki Minaj also announced she will not be returning to the FOX singing competition.

The rapper took to Twitter to say, "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!!"

Earlier in the day, Carey had said she's quitting Idol to focus on her upcoming tour.

Minaj was one of three new judges on the panel for the 12th season. Even before the season aired, the tension between her and Carey became very public. During the live shows, it was rare when the two even addressed each other, but they did sit a seat away from one another. But if/when they did address each other, it was pretty awkward for everyone. The season did not turn into a diva-off that many had been expecting or even hoping.

Minaj quickly became the "Simon Cowell" of the judges, not afraid to speak her mind whether it be good or bad. While Carey was often aloof and could not string coherent thoughts briefly, Minaj was the opposite. Although she did seem to focus on the contestants' makeup, hair or clothing, her insight and suggestions sounded valuable. 

Even with star firepower, ratings for the show has been slipping year after year. Somewhere along the way the American Idol judges' panel started becoming more about the judges than the actual contestants. Perhaps that is why having former contestants who've been through the process of the show could spell success. At the very least, it'll be a refreshing chage of pace.

Minaj's announcement leaves country star Keith Urban as the lone judge whose fate is not yet known. Randy Jackson announced he would leave before the 12th season finale.

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