Monday February 4, 2013

METARIE, La. -- "American Idol" picked Nicki Minaj as a judge to draw in viewers, but she’s actually discouraged at least one person from watching it -- her mentor, Lil Wayne.

The rap star admitted Friday that he has yet to see "Idol" this season -- or any other season.

"Actually, I’ve never watched it," he said, a bit sheepishly.

Part of the reason he hasn’t tuned in to see Minaj is because she didn’t exactly sell the show to Lil Wayne.

"When I talk to her she’s always tells me, ‘You don’t wanna watch that, you’re not going to be into it,"’ he said.

"She knows me. ... It’s kind of like a catfight where they be going back and forth type of thing, I’m not into all that," he said of the judging panel, which includes Mariah Carey, with whom Minaj had a much-publicized argument.

"The talent on that is pretty good I heard, though," he said.

Lil Wayne spoke Friday after signing autographs for more than 100 fans who were at a suburban New Orleans Macy’s to support his Trukfit clothing line; a couple hundred more waited outside for a glimpse of the star.

Wayne said he’s hoping to soon make Trukfit for women and children. Now, it’s just a men’s line. Part of the problem is finding the right designer.


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