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Is Nicki Minaj the new Simon Cowell on American Idol? The judge is being dubbed as the "mean or tough judge" after the initial volley of contestants have passed through. The judges for this season are Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Nicki. They have not always gotten along all that well - watch a video below as Nicki and Mariah clash. A review by Yahoo music opines that Nicki's tough love is needed "after two years of former judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler's softballing and spinelessness, not to mention Randy Jackson's overall ineffectiveness." More here on the claim Minaj is the needed new tough love judge. Are you watching American idol? Nicki Minaj isn't - the new judge earlier said she won't watch herself on 'American Idol'. The 30-year-old rapper is too self-conscious to watch herself in action on the singing competition because »

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