The concrete jungle didn’t bring the heat as much as a native New Yorker would like me would have hoped, but there were some gems in the contestants like the Brooklyn-born Frankie Ford who before auditioning was singing songs on the train for money. Where would “Idol” be without the sob stories?
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And then there was Benjamin Gaisey‘ who decided to don a patent leather Michael Jackson “Thriller” suit to his audition. One big fail.
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“Idol” turned out the be better than I expected and while some disagree with me on my opinion’s about Nicki’s performance, I don’t think I will be able to turn away!
1. Nicki Minaj
hosts New Year's Eve at Pure Nightclub inside Caesar's Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
2. Nicki Minaj
poses during an event to celebrate the launch of her new perfume at Myer Sydney City in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)
3. Nicki Minaj
attends her "Pink Friday" fragrance launch at Macy's Herald Square in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
4. Nicki Minaj
arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
5. Nicki Minaj
attends Giuseppe Zanotti Boutique in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images for Giuseppe Zanotti)
6. Nicki Minaj
performs during the Green Auction: A Bid To Save The Earth at Christie's in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
7. Nicki Minaj
attends The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
8. Nicki Minaj
performs at the BET's Rip The Runway 2010 at the Hammerstein Ballroom on February 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic)
9. Nicki Minaj
attends the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
10. Nicki Minaj
attends the Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
11. Nicki Minaj
poses in the portrait studio at the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
12. Nicki Minaj
arrives at Narita International Airport in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
13. Nicki Minaj
arrives at the FOX All-Star Party at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)