Nicki Minaj needs to invest in a watch!
For the first time in American Idol history, one of the show’s judges arrived late to a live show… the very first live show of the season, to be exact!
"We are coming to you live and on time," host Ryan Seacrest said, before asking the crowd which top ten finalist could win this season. When the crowd silenced, Ryan added, "Keep that energy going for three of your four judges who are here tonight."
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Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban were ready to roll, but where was Nicki? Apparently the “Starships” singer was stuck in traffic!
"I hear she's seven minutes out and there's some congestion on the 405," the host told the audience. "She should be here momentarily."
And by “momentarily,” Ryan meant thirteen minutes later. Nicki, who arrived during the first commercial break of the night, even missed the first performance by Curtis Finch, Jr.
The rapper showed up wearing a black hoodie pulled over her head and dark sunglasses. Without mentioning her tardiness, she proceeded to be primped by a makeup artist in her seat while Mariah rolled her eyes and exchanged glances with Randy.
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Thankfully, Nicki was ready to go just in time for the second performer of the night, Janelle Arthur, to take the stage.
For someone who’s making a reported $8 million as a judge on the show, perhaps Nicki should make her first fashionably late arrival her last.