*Fox put Nicki Minaj on a conference call with reporters yesterday to share her opinions on an array of “American Idol” topics, including who has the best chance to win it all.
“Kree, Angie and Candice,” she said, referring to frontrunners Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Candice Glover. “I think that, outside of their voices, they’ve won people over already, which I think is evident in just what I see on Twitter with my fans. Those three seem to have really made an impact.”
That isn’t to say that the male singers haven’t touched her heart. She said she would love to try a collaboration in the future with Burnell Taylor, whom she described as having a John Legend-style to his vocals. She also admitted she was “gutted” when Curtis Finch Jr. was given the boot so early in the competition.
“I felt like Curtis had the best male voice for the entire season, and he was exciting,” she said. “Looking back now, I wish we had given him the save. I really do.”
Minaj said she was “surprised” by how “Idol” viewers have reacted to her frankness on the show. “It almost seems like people weren’t expecting artists to come up there as judges and be completely real. That’s the only thing that puzzled me,” she said. “I just thought ‘Hm. Isn’t that what we should be doing? Why is that so shocking to people?’”
As for whether the “Starships” singer will return next season, Minaj was coy.
“I think people would rather be surprised,” she said. “I like to save the mystery and the drama. I never give that away.”
Below, more Q&A from the phoner: