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Nicki Minaj, the 30-year-old rapper, does not regret serving as a judge for season 12 of "American Idol" despite some of the flack she may have received for controversy that she caused on the nationally televised singing competition.
Minaj recently called the experience a blessing.
"My experience was great! It was a blessing," she recently revealed to E! News. "I had a wonderful time and I learned a lot about myself; I learned a lot about the world's perception of me. And I think it was a great thing for hip-hop to see me transcend, and then I can come back and still do the BET Awards and still be authentic in what I do."
Minaj served as a judge with the likes of singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, singer Keith Urban and the series veteran and record producer, Randy Jackson. Despite the well-known names on the judges's panel, publications like Forbes and The New York Daily News reported that "American Idol" underwent its biggest ratings drop in over a decade.
Nigel Lythgoe, the "American Idol" executive producer, said that a feud between Carey and Minaj in the beginning of the season may have hurt the show's chances during season 12.
"That got off to a bad start and that didn't help anything," Lythgoe previously told the website Zap2it.
The producer admitted that the judges on the show were lacking chemistry as a unit.
"I don't think we have good chemistry with the judges," he continued. "And that saddens me. They are good individually, but I miss the camaraderie we have had in the past."
Some questioned the rapper when a video of her verbally lashing out at fellow "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey went viral last October.
"You think I'm playing...Think it's a joke?? Say one more disrespectful thing to me – say one more disrespectful thing to me," Minaj yelled at Carey in the video. "Don't tell me I'm inadequate. Maybe you're inadequate, you're insecure running down your resume every five minutes. Every time you take a shot at me, Imma (sic) take it back and if you've got a (expletive) problem, handle it."
However, Minaj insists that she doesn't regret anything about the "American Idol" experience.
"It was really inspiring, and I got a chance to see kids fulfill their dreams and be part of that," Minaj told E! News recently. "No complaints whatsoever!"